It was a typical cold day in the beginning of January. Mike came home from work complaining of tingling and numbness in his face and his arm. So, we made a trip to the emergency room immediately. After 3 days of testing, they found a 'benign' tumor on his aortic valve of his heart. Through the coming days, we found out that this could have been there since birth. The doctors told us that Mike had a stroke which was being caused by the tumor. Thankfully Mike did not have any major side effects from the stroke (no facial atrophy, no speech problems ,etc.) The decision had been made that Mike would end up needing heart surgery to remove the tumor to prevent any future strokes from happening. Fast forward 6 weeks to the day of the surgery...February 16, 2017. Mike went in, had his surgery and was done in record time! Everything went extremely well! He has a really strong heart and no mechanical parts needed to be put in! Post op is where our new journey began...everything was going really well until about 3 days post operation. Mikes heart is extremely strong, but his chest x-rays did not come back normal. Within just a few hours, Mike became very ill. Over the next 3 days they found out that he has pneumonia. they are not exactly sure which type of pneumonia he has, so they have been running a lot of tests. Through all of this, Mike's lungs have not been functioning like they should. So, they made the decision to intibate him and put him on a breathing machine. Because he is on the breathing machine, he is heavily sedated. He knows we are all here with him at times, but for the most part he is resting comfortably. We know we are in for a long road to recovery, but we know that Mike is strong and he will pull through. Please keep Mike in your thoughts and prayers.