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12/16/2016 Latest post:
On the 6th of December Mom was substitute teaching at Watertown Mayer Elementary School in Watertown, MN. She had just taken her class to lunch and returned to her classroom to eat her salad when she suffered a very severe seizure on the left side of her face that lasted approximately 6 minutes. She was taken to the ER at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN. There they performed an MRI which showed an egg sized tumor located in the rear of the right frontal lobe of her brain. She was immediately transferred to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. There she underwent more testing including CT scans and MRIs. She had surgery to remove the tumor on Friday, the 9th of December. We waited until the following Monday to receive a diagnosis that did and will continue to change the course of all of our lives. Mom's diagnosis is glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive, fast growing and hard to treat late stage cancer. While they were able to remove somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of the tumor the portion that is left will grow rapidly and aggressively. She will start conjunctive therapy of radiation and chemotherapy very soon. We are hoping and praying for a miracle. Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. We will hopefully provide updates as they are available. Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.