"Uncle Chris is my berry best buddy" - Tanner (2 years old) "I like to hug Uncle Chrissy...um I mean Chris, he doesn't like to be called Chrissy." -Kassie (4 years old) "Chris has never said, "Why me?", it has always been, "I can handle it!"" -Richard (Dad)
Chris was 24 years old, working hard to continue to move up and progress at his current job, and had just begun his initial training's to enter the police academy, when tragedy struck. It was Thanksgiving, 2001, and Chris was in Florida visiting his family for the holiday. He had just returned from playing the annual turkey day football game with his siblings and friends, when a Grand-Mal Seizure hit. He fell to the floor and his seizure was so great, that he began losing oxygen and his younger siblings were not sure he was going to live. Through immediate prayers from Chris' siblings, and the quick thinking of his Mom and Dad, Chris slowly regained his breath, came out of his seizure, but remained in-coherent. The paramedics arrived, he was rushed to the hospital, and his siblings were left waiting and praying for their oldest brother's return.
Chris had never before had a seizure; this would be the first of many, and was an event that would permanently change the course of his life and his plans for his future.
Initially, a tumor was found and after further testing, Chris was diagnosed with Oligodendroglioma, a type of brain tumor and a rare form of brain cancer.
He had surgery to remove the tumor on Dec 4 2001. Chris could not be left alone for about the next year to year and a half, as he would seizure frequently, putting him in dangerous situations. After a few years, his doctors finally found the right combinations of medications to help minimize his seizure activity.
It was very difficult for Chris to be aro
Tumor grew back 2007. This time surgery could not remove all of the tumor as it had moved into critical areas. Surgery Oct 2007 to remove as much as possible. Then started Chemotherapy. Had to stop Chemo in Fall of 2008 for surgery to remove thyroid cancer. after recovery time began radiation treatment for the tumor. That seemed to shrink the tumor some and then to stabalize it.
Radiation treatments continue to destroy cells around the treatment site. Because of this Chris is having increased hearing loss, increased memory loss, increased communication difficulties. increased light sensitivity, and increased fatigue. The hyperbolic chamber has proven successful in stopping the deterioration of these cells from the radiation treatments. It also makes it possible for Chris to be able to undergo radiation treatments in the future if the tumor should begin to grow again.
I've attached the informational pages that we have so you can read about it and get an idea of what he will be doing. It is crazy. He will be in a clear tube for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week for 12 weeks. We will take a break for Thanksgiving, then finish up in Dec. It is going to be hard and Dad and I to be apart for that long, but the Lord will help us I know.