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3/27/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to my CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place during my surgery and recovery. So many of you have asked for Mike to keep you updated and this was suggested as an easier way for him or my Mom to update everyone.
I was diagnosed with an Acoustic Nueroma in April of last year. It all started in August (2015) after snorkeling in Antigua for our 10th anniversary. I woke up the next day unable to hear and experiencing loud crazy tinnitus. After a visit to the ENT, he suggested to do an MRI but also mentioned it is common to have vertigo and tinnitus. I declined the MRI and went with the option to take prednisone. It cleared it up all except for the ringing, so I just assumed I had to live with the ringing. Then fast forward to April and I had debilitating vertigo for the first time. I also started realizing I had felt a little off for months as I had been very fatigued. I seemed to be going backwards at the gym and was having problems keeping up. I went back to the ENT and he order an MRI as a precaution. I will never forget him calling me the next day to say I did have the rare tumor. I never imagined that I would be that 1% that had an Acoustic Nueroma(AN)! After several opinions, I decided to go with Middle Fossa surgery. It was scheduled for November 8th. A few weeks prior to it I felt a nodule on my neck and mentioned it to my primary doctor. After several tests, I was quickly diagnosed with possible thyroid cancer. They immediately cancelled the brain surgery and I had a partial thyroid removal on Nov 10th. I was lucky that it was contained and no further treatment was necessary!
I will be having my brain surgery on March 28th at Duke Hospital with two great surgeons.
Thank you all for your prayers and for being there this last year!