Welcome to our Caring Bridge website. We are using this wonderful site to help keep all who know and love Tami up to date on her recovery.
On December 27, 2017 Tami Shared a little of her journey on her Facebook page, in case you missed it here it is. “As many of you know, my tumor from 5 years ago was not removed entirely. I have found a world renowned neurosurgeon in NC that thinks he can remove it entirely. Yes, I am nervous but I am hopeful this dang tumor can be removed. I will answer any questions about this, I am an open book and to be honest, probably share too much;) I will be going down to NC on January 14 with surgery January 16, A few extra positive vibes can never hurt :)
OK First, to answer a lot of questions, YES, the whole "dang tumor" was removed but also left her with total temporary paralysis of her left side. The Dr. described it as her brain is sleeping and has to be retrained but with time and a lot of OT, PT, and hard work she should regain use of her left side again. Those of you who know Tami also know what a fighter she is, and how she always manages to look on the positive side of everything, even now, and… this is not her first rodeo.
It was in the fall of 2000, Tami was diagnosed with an “Epidermoid Brain Tumor”,in January 2001 here in MN she had surgery. The Dr. was not able to remove the whole tumor, but fortunately with outpatient rehab to regain her balance, strength and speech she was back doing the things she loved. They continued to monitor her tumor very closely watching for signs of regrowth.
In 2012 they decided it was time for her second surgery. Unfortunately they were not able to remove the whole tumor because of its location, but this time it left her with facial nerve damage on her right side and she had to start over with outpatient rehab for balance, speech, multiple, surgeries to repair the nerves in her face and monitoring the growth of the tumor again. Through it all she remained Positive, Strong and Brave knowing that someday she would have to face another surgery, so she sought out a surgeon who had the potential to remove the whole "dang tumor" which brought her to, Dr. Fukashima, in Raleigh, NC
On Sunday, January 14th, Tami and her family traveled to NC and surgery was performed on the 16th, this time He got it all! She has spent the past 4 weeks of intense physical rehab getting her ready to fly back to MN, with her husband, Dan, and parents flying back and forth to be with her.
I am Ecstatic to say as I am writing this she is on a plane returning to MN, to finish out her rehab with the help of the Courage Center in Golden Valley till she is strong enough to be at home.
Tami is so lucky to have such a wonderful support system. The whole Shreve family is extremely grateful for your friendship, love, and support