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. For the past several weeks, Tom has been experiencing severe pain in the left and right lower frontal rib areas. After three emergency room visits and four clinic visits, it was discovered he had a growth on this thoracic 7 spinal vertebrae. He was admitted to Methodist Hospital on Thursday, October 20, 2016. He had a needle biopsy done that showed Plasma Cytosis (That means a bone marrow cell is growing too fast and develops a lesion.) The entire vertebrae was surrounded by this lesion and causing bone destruction. On Monday, Oct. 24th, he had that vertebrae removed and a spinal fusion done. He will receive a course of rehab and be allowed some healing time. The next step, is to receive 15 radiation treatments, followed by a PET scan to see if there are any further hotspots showing. That is what we know for now; the future is one day at a time and hanging on to hope. So far, the doctors have been very optimistic. Tom is strong, has a great sense of humor and remains positive. The hospital staff has been enjoying his smile.