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Many of our friends and family are aware that in December 2018 Thomas had 2 seizures a little more than a week apart. This was a huge surprise for us, as Thomas has been completely healthy and well his whole life, with no medical problems, or medications whatsoever!On December 29, 2018 following his second seizure, we were shocked to learn that Thomas was diagnosed with a brain tumor! I was shaken up and after having endured medical issues recently from the not so distant past, I kind of felt freaked out! I just didn't see that one coming! Following the diagnosis in Fairbanks, Alaska, (where there are not any specialists available) I made travel plans asap for Thomas to be seen at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Living in Alaska can be a little challenging when you have such medical needs pop up! Its good to know that there are great places like the Mayo, to go to, when you have such a need. I am very grateful for Thomas J to be getting the care that he needs. I love Thomas J with all my heart, and I will always do the best I can for him.
Our family has been in Alaska for over 18 years. Thomas, Aaron, and I recently moved to Fairbanks, after I got married to Bobby Mammone. Yes, we have had lots of changes in our family, and in our lives over the past few years! But we got to keep on going! Moving forward everyday with faith! You just do what you gotta do! I am grateful to have a wonderful husband and companion at my side. I appreciate all the love, support, help, and fun that Bobby has brought into my life. He is definitely a great blessing in my life.
I must say that the Fairbanks 2nd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been a wonderful ward. Our Bishop and leaders have been very supportive and helpful. I called upon our Bishop, to come and give Thomas a blessing on December 29, and he willingly did so. Thomas had a wonderful blessing of healing and overcoming the illness. Our Bishop later asked if it was ok to hold a Ward fast, on January 6, for Thomas. Of course, I desired the prayers and fasting for Thomas. (Thank you to anyone who has fasted and prayed for us! We appreciate it!) I most definitely believe in the power of prayer, and I believe in fasting.
We arrived in Rochester, MN on January 6, 2019. Thomas's first comprehensive visit and consult was the following day with Dr. Rao, who is a brain tumor specialist. After the exam, reviewing the records, etc Dr. Rao laid out the plans for further consults with Dr. Daniels (neurosurgeon) Dr. Bergstedt, Nurse for educational info about epilepsy and seizures, and Dr. Keating. We were greatly blessed to have so many of the appointments open up and come together last week, which I believe was a direct result of fasting and prayers.
Another great blessing that I know for sure was because of prayers and fasting, is that after the first appointment with Dr. Rao, the spirit poured over me, and I felt peace. I distinctly felt that everything was going to be ok, that Thomas would get the appointments and care that he needed, that the surgery would be able to be done, and everything was going to be ok, and if there were to be any setbacks, discomforts, or problems at all that it wouldn't be anything too big. That peace comes from the Lord. I have felt this peace come to me at some of my most difficult times. I am so grateful to the Lord for giving me the assurance and peace when I need it. Peace that only the Savior of the World can give us gets us through life's most difficult storms and challenges. I am eternally grateful for the Savior Jesus Christ. I acknowledge His help, His love, His power! He is my Savior and King! I know that Jesus Christ is aware of each and every one of us. He knows who we are, who we are becoming. He knows all the challenges and trials that will best help us on our life's journey to become better people, and the things that will prepare us to go back to live with Him someday. We only need to continue to believe, keep developing our faith, and endure to the end. Its all possible with the Lord's help!
Today's report is that Thomas had an MRI to test his brain more, in prep for surgery plans, but it should be alright since he is right handed and so most right handed people use the left side of the brain. Thomas's lesion is in the right temporal lobe, which is suspected to be a low-grade glioma. It is expected that there will not be any problems for surgery as far as all the tests show. As long as all the tests come back fine, we are looking at surgery in the next 1-2 weeks. Hopefully sooner than later. I will update on here as we learn more. Thanks to all of you for all the love and support! It means the world to us! Angela Mammone (mother of Thomas J)