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The story of our mom does not begin at one place, or at one moment in time. She is a brilliant retired RN with 30+ years of caring for others, who is deserving of a little care and a lot of love from us all now. For all those who are blessed to know her, she is a dynamic woman composed of equal parts kindness, compassion and humor. The past 5 years have been a real struggle, as deep clinical depression set-in, and no medications seemed to be making an impact. Little did we know that there was another cause for her cognitive and physical difficulties. On March 11, 2017, we were finally able to get her in for an MRI of her brain, and we were immediately sent to the emergency department at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. It was there that we were finally given an answer. The scan showed a tumor of the pineal gland (near the top of the brainstem in the center of the brain), that was causing obstructive hydrocephalous (a partial blockage of the brain's fluid system, leading to increased fluid/pressure in the brain and symptoms of dementia and imbalance/gait problems). Her fantastic neurosurgeon believes this has been growing for years possibly, and she had surgery a few days later. Officially called and "Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy and Biopsy", this procedure was to create a new channel for the excess fluid to be drained, and samples of the tumor were taken. We are still awaiting the biopsy results that will direct future treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, +/- surgical resection), but she has been more lively and comical in the past few days since surgery than in the past couple of years. What a reminder this past week has been to start every day with love, laughter, and appreciation for one another!
Thank you all for your support, and we will keep you updated the best we can on how to possibly help if able, and her treatment/recovery process!
Lots of love,
Kai & Tess