Family and friends,
For those of you who don’t know, we’ve been dealing with some pretty major health news. The day after Mother’s Day an eye doctor discovered a walnut size tumor on Shannon’s parotid (salivary) gland on the right side of her face. After an MRI and many doctor appointments we have a surgery date to remove the tumor for June 23rd. In all cases, whether benign or malignant, standard treatment is for the mass to be removed via a superficial or deep lobe parotidectomy. Unfortunately, due the mixed nature of these tumors, we will not be able to know if her tumor is benign or malignant until after the surgery when a final pathology is done. Once we receive final pathology, we will know the next steps. This is a difficult and invasive surgery that puts her at risk for many complications, among them facial paralysis as the tumor lies in the area where all her facial nerves branch off. The recovery will be long and painful as they will have to open up the right side of her face from the top of her ear all the way down a 1/3 of the way on her neck.
We've posted a photo of Shannon's MRI scan, as well as a photo of what the incision will look like post-op in the photos section. We've decided to give a lot of detail here because it's easier for us.
With 2 small kids and a busy family life this has come at a very tough time for us. Shannon is an amazing mother to Liam and Cordelia, and a very strong and loving wife. She plays such an integral role in our lives. Because of the surgery and long recovery time I am going to take an extended leave from work, and the adjustment is going to be a difficult one. We will and do need help - whether that is meals or childcare, anything helps. Please keep Shannon and our family in your thoughts and send positive, healing energy our way. June 23rd will be a big day for our family.
We will be posting updates to this blog as our journey unfolds.
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