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1/10/2016 Latest post:
Friday, December 4, 2015 - Late in the evening our Dad had a tremor in his left arm. Our Mom, Beth, took him to the ER at Fairview Ridges. A scan and MRI showed a mass in the right frontal lobe of his brain. There were no other cognitive or motor skill issues with the exception of the tremor. He was home from the hospital on Sunday, December 6th. After several MRI's and consultations with many physicians, the decision was made to surgically remove the tumor. The surgery was scheduled for December 23rd. The pathology report confirmed the tumor is a Stage 4 Glioblastoma. A little bit about the timeline of events. In September, our parents sold their home in Bloomington after 40 years. They chose build a new, one level living home closer to a lot of their kids and grandkids in Lakeville. December 18th - closed on their new home December 20/21st - Moved into their new December 21 - Our family celebrated our Christmas - this was a great night of celebrating with our family including Mike, Sue and his family from FL December 23 - Dad has a craniotomy to remove the mass December 28 - Dad is home from the hospital January 1 - Happy New Year party at their new home The holiday season was full of family, friends, blessings and many challenges. All 9 kids, spouses and grandkids are standing strong with our parents through this challenging journey. We have received an outpouring of support from our extended families and many friends. Our Dad is a strong, faithful man. Mom and Dad have raised each one of their 9 children in the same manner. We will share more details of the diagnosis in following entries. Please continue to pray for strength for my Dad as well as my Mom.