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Oct 22, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
On December 7, 2016, Todd was on his way home from a business trip in Arizona and became disoriented and couldn't figure out how to get back to the airport (a place he had been numerous times). He made it home, but upon arriving I noticed something wasn't right and rushed him to ER. We soon discovered the cause of his confusion was due to a brain tumor, which was surgically removed two days later. In a couple of weeks we were given the devastating news that he had a very aggressive brain cancer (GBM: glioblastoma multiforme grade IV) with a poor prognosis. The tumor was in the right occipital lobe so Todd lost his left peripheral vision in both eyes which meant he also lost his privilege to drive.
In January 2017, he began 6 weeks of radiation and chemo. He remained on the chemo regimen (5 days on 23 days off) and wore a device called Optune until May 2018 when we found out the tumor had returned. On May 25, 2018 he underwent another surgery to remove the tumor and was hoping to be a recipient of a new clinical trial drug but was not selected. At the time of surgery we also discovered a very small tumor along the right frontal horn and it was too deep to surgically remove. At the end of June Todd decided to try another chemotherapy. Since then he has had multiple seizures and small strokes and has been in and out of the hospital multiple times, with each visit leaving him weaker than before.
On our last hospital visit Todd had an MRI, and we learned that the tumors are growing. The oncologist said that there is enhancement along the ventricle and when that happens it usually means the cancer is in the spinal fluid. A CT scan of his lungs revealed several nodules of various sizes; the pulmonary team said it could be metastasis or infection.
Todd has been growing more tired each day and sleeps peacefully most of the days. We now have a hospice team that comes to our home to tend to him and oversee his care. We are very appreciative of all your words of encouragement and prayers throughout his battle with this terrible disease.