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Ron McDowell Team
7/3/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. This journey started rather suddenly. Ron had just returned from a church mission trip to Bellingham, WA and was noticing a few odd symptoms. Thinking he was just tired from the physical labor of the trip, he didn't make much of the mild headache, unsteadiness and distracted driving. On Thursday morning, June 30, he mentioned he was having trouble reading the sports page - the lines of type wouldn't line up. He called his doctor's office and was told to come in immediately. That visit lead to blood work, a carotid artery scan and an MRI of his brain. Soon after we returned from the imaging appointment, he received a call from his doctor advising there was a mass on his brain. Though the doctor didn't say where or how big, he did say there were several. He arranged to get Ron in to see a neurosurgeon the next day at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Friday was a full day: meeting with neurosurgeon, reviewing MRI, giving complete history and more testing. This is what we know now. There is a mass in the area of the brain which processes sight, and what appear to be growths from that mass in two or three other areas, generally those that affect balance and the interface between the brain hemispheres. The neurosurgeon has scheduled another MRI for early morning Wednesday, July 6, then will follow with surgery at 10 am the same day.