On October 19, 2017 Mark was taken to his local ER due to severe head and neck pain, loss of cognitive function, and fine-motor skills. A CAT scan showed a large mass on his right-frontal lobe. The doctors determined that immediate surgery was needed. On October 20 Mark underwent surgery. The pathology report confirmed what doctors feared: Mark had a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). The big-daddy of brain tumors. As though the diagnosis of a GBM weren't bad enough - pathology also showed that his type is highly aggressive and Stage 4.
Since surgery and diagnosis, Mark has been unable to return to work; endured six weeks of radiation treatment; and is currently undergoing chemo therapy. Additionally, Mark has had to be readmitted twice to the hospital for health conditions resulting from either treatment or the tumor itself.
Please visit Mark's Caring Bridge site as often as you like. Here we will post updates on his treatment and progress. We will also share ways you can help us as Mark continues this battle and we face this major health crisis.