Aug 19, 2021 Latest post:
Oct 27, 2022
Welcome to Michael’s page. Thanks for coming along on this journey with us. Your prayers help! Michael was diagnosed in 12/20 with what the Doctors thought was a Non secreting pituitary adenoma. Neurosurgeon made one attempt to remove the tumor intranasal, but was unsuccessful , removing about 1/4 of the tumor. The tumor is very large ( approximately 5cm x 5 cm) and is wrapped around his left optic nerve and his carotid artery. We were sent to an endocrinologist . After much blood work, she diagnosed him with hyperthyroidism, caused by the tumor. She also determined that though his biopsy indicated a non secreting pituitary adenoma, it was also a thyrotropinoma. This is a very rare type of tumor and most Drs have never even seen a patient with one, let alone treated it. While waiting on more blood work and discussing future treatment, Michael had a major seizure. He was living in Starkville, MS at the time and was found unconscious and unresponsive by his roommate. From the Starkville ER he was airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. We spent 4 days there and brought him back to Memphis. We then met again with local Drs and they determined that Michael would need brain surgery again, but could wait until December. At this point we began doing our own research to make sure we found the best surgeon for Michael. After extensive research we narrowed it down to a Dr Zomorodi at Duke and Dr Schwartz at Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC. After meeting with both, we decided on Schwartz. He has more knowledge and about10 years more experience. In addition, Dr Zomorodi stated that if he had a family member needing this surgery, he would want Dr Schwartz. As John says “He is THE guy.” And now the real journey begins…….
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11