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11/23/2016 Latest post:
Dear Praying Friends,
Many are asking about Tom’s condition and the chain of events that preceded this event. So, I wanted to give you all a short synopsis and let you know where we’re at. There were no warning signs other than Tom had been driving erratically for the last couple weeks. On Thursday October 20th, Tom went to Starbuck’s to meet with a pastor friend. He parked the jeep erratically and fainted while drinking coffee. Fortunately Pastor Steve realized something was wrong and immediately drove him to the Emergency Room thinking he was having a heart attack. After a quick examination and CT scan, the doctor said he had a brain tumor and needed to be rushed to a bigger hospital. He was then transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA where he began experiencing multiple brain seizures. He was immediately put on steroids to reduce brain swelling and seizure medicine. After 2 days they got the seizures under control and were able to do an MRI. The results indicated a probable Glioblastoma (cancer) but could only be verified through surgery. On Tuesday, October 25 they removed the tumor and the initial biopsy confirmed a Glioma/Glioblastoma tumor stage 3 or 4, with a high probability of the later. The tumor was sent of to Sloan Ketterman for further analysis and determine the best treatment procedure. We will get the final results this Friday November 11 at 11:00am. According to the surgeon, the treatment will probably include radiation and chemotherapy. The prognosis isn’t good. Statistically speaking the average life span of an older person with Glioblastoma is 14 months. Recurrence of the tumor is 100%. Although 100% of the tumor was removed, it has finger like projectiles which can’t be removed.
Current condition: Tom was released from the hospital November 3 and is recovering from surgery. He is undergoing Psychological, Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy. He continues taking steroids and seizure medicine. He is eating well but not sleeping much. His biggest challenges are with cognitive and executive function, most of this should return. He has lost his peripheral vision to the left and this will probably not return. His emotions are difficult to control and he cries a lot, however, he is totally trusting in Jesus which gives him great comfort.
Prayer requests: This week will be extremely busy with appointments, the most important one this Friday when we learn the final pathology. Praying for a miracle! We plan to return to Jacksonville, Fl November 20 and are waiting to see if Mayo Clinic will take him for treatment. Praising for the Lord for all the blessings that he has bestowed on us...Tom being with Steve when this happened, fabulous medical care, precious prayer warriors, awesome church family, etc.
We can’t thank you enough for your prayer…the most important thing!