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11/26/2016 Latest post:
Laurie's story started on July 1, 2016. That was the day Laurie started having trouble texting and typing. It probably started a few weeks before that when she started throwing up in the mornings and was having a lot of headaches. It was a week later when she told me she was having trouble texting and now trouble finding her words to talk. I thought maybe it was because she had surgery not too long ago (on her foot) and she has issues with the anesthesia. It kept getting worse so we called her Neurologist and were not happy with his response (that is a story in itself). That was on a Friday. On that Sunday night her speech started to slur. On Monday July 11th I called our primary doctor who said to get her to an ER. They did a CT and found a 3 cm mass in the left frontal lobe. She was transferred and admitted to the hospital (transferred because the neurosurgeon was not at the ER hospital). The next day they did a full body CT to see if it was a primary tumor or was from a cancer elsewhere in the body. They confirmed primary and scheduled her for surgery Thursday morning. The surgeon removed a tumor larger then a golf ball. That means that the tumor was growing at a rate of about 1 cm a day. It was confirmed to be a very aggressive grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme.