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Dec 19, 2017
On Saturday morning, September 2, 2017, about 8AM, I noticed that Lynn's face was droopy and her speech was slurred. She was was weak and uncoordinated and I thought she was having a stroke. I called 911 and Lynn was transported to Providence Saint Peter Hospital in Olympia. All her "vital signs" (blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, etc) were normal and that ruled out stroke or heart attack. They immediately gave her a CAT scan and found a tumor on the right side of her brain. A body CAT scan showed no tumors in her body, and an MRI specifically located the tumor in her brain. It was bad, ugly, irregular and large (the size of 2 golf balls squeezed together). It has a name, "Glioblastomo multiforme of temporal lobe, Stage 4. We learned this is the fastest growing brain tumor. Sunday Sep, 3rd, was decision day for Lynn and I, sons, Charles and Mark at her side, and Ben by phone in Alaska. We had two consultations with the neurosurgeon, studied the MRI, and by late afternoon Lynn along with the agreement and full support of our sons and I decided on "emergency" brain surgery the next day. The operation took about 4 hours, and 90% of the tumor was removed. Lynn recovered progressively well and was released form the hospital late Friday afternoon, Sep 8th. Lynn is getting stronger daily, taking her meds, eating, walking, etc. This week we met with doctors at Providence Regional Cancer Systems here in Lacey and decided on course of action. Because Lynn is in good health we can attack this cancer aggressively with an oral chemo pill and radiation. Her treatments are scheduled, and she starts on Monday, Sep 25th. Lynn and I have been supported and uplifted by the prayers and well wishes of friends and family. A special thank you goes out to our church family at Lacey Presbyterian, Lynn's "East coast" relatives, and many, many friends from here and all over. As we move forward into what Lynn calls her "new reality", you are welcome to follow along this journey in Caring Bridge.