On Saturday, July 8th, Pam started feeling strange she was dizzy, could barely walk and had a terrible migraine, her husband (Robert) brought her to Alexandria emergency room where she had a head CT scan where they found an abnormal mass. Alexandria's ER then rushed her to St. Cloud Hospital to be assessed by a neurological surgeon who then performed various other tests. The neurology team then confirmed that the abnormal "massive mass" was a tumor with a large amount of swelling in the brain. Pam had a terrible headache and they believe she has been experiencing seizures. As of Saturday evening the tumor was considered inoperable as it is located in a portion of her brain that if altered could cause permanent neurological deficits. As many of you know, Pam is left-handed which makes this more difficult as the tumor is located on her right side which would alter her left side. Around 4:00 AM on Sunday, July 9th, Pam had a CT scan that showed increased intracranial pressure (brain swelling) so she was rushed to surgery to reduce the swelling. The surgery consisted of them removing a portion of her skull to allow room for further brain swelling, a stent placement to allow drainage and a biopsy that was sent to pathology to confirm a malignant or benign tumor. For now, she is stable but very uncomfortable, tomorrow (Monday, July 10th) they will perform various tests to determine the next steps. Dr. Joseph Chabot, a neurological surgeon is the head doctor of Pam's case, him with the help of his partner Dr. Kennedy will be determining the next steps.
Please pray for Pam and her family as they go through this journey, that God guides the surgeons in the right direction and that she remains comfortable. I will try to keep you posted as immediate family finds more out.