Keith Buckel Keith Buckel

First post: Sep 19, 2017 Latest post: Dec 20, 2017
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In September 2017 Keith was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, or brain tumor (with a 99% chance of being benign).  This was the result of an MRI to try and address the cause of hearing loss in his left ear. Although it came as a shock it explained the headaches and deafness he had been experiencing over the last 3 years or so. 

The tumor is large (3 cm) but fortunately they believe it is benign.  Unfortunately removal involves a very delicate and lengthy surgery (16 hours), several weeks recovery, permanent deafness in the affected ear and a scar.  There is also the risk of temporary or permanent weakness of the facial nerve and muscles.  Luckily the team at UNC Hospitals is top-notch and we are hopeful everything will go smoothly. 

As you all know Keith is a wonderful husband and devoted father to his three children (Rory - 16, Ruby Mae - 5, Alex - 5 weeks!) who rightfully see him as their hero.  Every day he works hard to provide for his family and he is always the first to offer to help with car troubles or other assistance.  I am confident that Keith's resilience, optimism and sheer stubbornness will see him through to the other side of this hurdle.

We have been blessed with an outpouring of support from family and friends for which we are extremely grateful!  We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

For more information please visit the Acoustic Neuroma Association's website at

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