Life changed for us as of Monday, December 2, 2019.
It was found that Mike had a 2” circumference tumor on the left frontal lobe of his brain. He did not have any symptoms of this such as headache or blurred vision. He went to the Community First Hospital for an unrelated reason and a CT (cat) scan was ordered as a precaution because he had been falling or losing his balance a lot. He was immediately transferred and admitted to UIC.
Mike was hospitalized for 9 days prior to his surgery on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, and the evening before we were married right in his room 618E with family and close friends by our side. ❤️ Mike was released on Saturday, December 14, 2019 to await his pathology report.
On Friday, December 20, 2019, we received the news that Mike was diagnosed with Grade IV, Glioblastoma.
We are hopeful that Mike will qualify for clinical trials to add to the standard treatment of care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to fight this monster of a disease which is a very aggressive and deadly brain cancer that has no cure, but with the right trial, it can prolong his life. Mike’s diagnosis as unmethylated means he doesn’t have the MGMT gene. The cancer in patients with this diagnosis do not typically respond well to the standard treatment of care and that is why a clinical trial is so important. The brain naturally rejects toxins so chemotherapy (poison) doesn’t get through the brain/blood barrier easily.
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