Sue Kenealy Sue Smites Earl

First post: Sep 3, 2019 Latest post: Mar 14, 2020
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If you know Sue, you know that she’s generally a healthy, strong person. That’s why we were stunned on August 7, 2019 when Sue suddenly started having seizures in the late afternoon. Thankfully, Ken was with Sue at home, and she was seated in a chair when the seizures began. EMT’s took her to the Aurora Hospital in Grafton. Initially doctors were concerned that she was having a stroke, so she was transferred to St. Luke’s in Milwaukee that same evening. 


Sue’s seizures were controlled quickly, then the hunt for the cause began. After several CAT scans and MRI’s, we received the shocking news of a mass in Sue’s brain. Most of you know that Sue had an Acoustic Neuroma (a benign tumor which we named Fiona), that was successfully treated in 2006. Unfortunately, the new tumor is not benign, it is a Glioma, a cancerous brain tumor. Treatment for these types of brain cancers is difficult, and quite frankly, the long-term prognosis is not good. 


As you may have guessed from the title of Sue’s page, we have named this tumor “Earl.” Why Earl? If you are at all familiar with the Dixie Chicks, you may know their song “Goodbye Earl” a song about a nasty character with a refrain about how “Earl had to die.”


At the moment, Sue is resting comfortably at home, and will have a biopsy to determine the exact nature of the Glioma on September 4th. After that, treatment for Earl will begin. In the meantime, calls are welcome – and you can check to see if the day is good for a visit. 


Stay tuned for more updates on Earl.

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