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This site was created for family and friends to be able to find the latest updates about Rachel. She appreciates all of your loving care, concern, and most of all prayers. As much as she would like to be able to respond individually to all inquiries and well wishes, at the moment it is difficult.
Rachel had been experiencing some symptoms with motor skills and memory over the last few weeks – trouble with typing, difficulty driving, weakness on her left side, finding things around the house, etc. Her doctor recently went to the concierge system, so in the interim of finding a new doctor she saw the nurse practitioner at her previous clinic on September 9. It was recommended that she be placed immediately in the hospital for tests.
The results show that Rachel has glio blastoma multiforme (GBM), which is an aggressive form of brain cancer. Currently proposed treatments would consist of simultaneous radiation and chemotherapy - every day (M-F) for the first six weeks, followed by five days at the beginning of each month for six months. The radiation would cause hair loss after 3 or 4 weeks, and toward the end of the treatment and for about month afterward she will experience some serious tiredness. The chemo, which would be given by pill (Temodar), does not generally make people very nauseous, and there will be no restrictions on her activities while taking it. After that, the doctors would go to surveillance mode.
Please pray for Rachel and Barry, sons Andrew and Matthew, parents Hubert and Florene, in-laws Burt and Sammye, and brother Patrick and his family.