Sep 10, 2017 Latest post:
Dec 18, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope during this time when it matters most. On August 28th, Pat was driving with Alyssa in the passenger seat, when he had a seizure while stopped at a stoplight. He refused to go to the ER that night due to the first day of school being the next day. After his first day of teaching at his new job, Alyssa brought Pat to the ER. There they heard the words no one wants to hear: “you have a large mass on the left side of your brain.” Two weeks later, Pat had surgery to remove the brain tumor. The surgery went as expected, and the surgeon was able to remove 90-95% of the tumor. They determined it is a stage 2 tumor. Pat was transferred to the ICU after surgery. He then had a grand mal seizure and needed to be intubated again, as he was having trouble breathing on his own. He initially did not speak after waking up from surgery. After spending 11 days in the hospital, Pat completed intensive speech, OT, and PT in an inpatient rehab setting for 12 days. He completed radiation at the end of December, and was scheduled to complete chemo about a month later. He however was unable to tolerate chemo - he lost 14 lbs in 1 week due to feeling so sick. Pat continues to work with speech therapy and occupational therapy 2x per week. It has been a long road but he is a fighter!