Starting at birth, Marilyn had an unremarkable brain. We now have medical proof. In October 2016, after a bout of headaches, arm pain, and high blood pressure, Joe convinced Mare to go to the doctor. After a CAT scan and MRI, she was diagnosed with an Arteriovenous Malformation, or AVM, which is a tangle of blood vessels in her cerebellum. After consultation with four neurosurgeons at IU Health Methodist, the decision was made to surgically remove the AVM. The surgery is January 3 at 8 am. Post surgery Marilyn will be in the hospital for potentially 4-5 days and then will receive at-home care. The surgery will affect her motor skills, but she is expected to make a full recovery.