Last spring, Bill began noticing some hearing loss in his right ear and experiencing some balance issues. In June, doctors discovered an "atypical tumor" in his head. They believe the tumor is a rare sort of benign schwannoma and that the tumor, rather than Bell's palsy, caused Bill’s face to start drooping back in 2011. The tumor was too small to be seen back then and is still small, but has now grown enough that it has caused Bill to lose the hearing in his right ear.
Surgery to remove and biopsy the tumor was originally scheduled for Wednesday Nov. 18th, but will now be Wednesday December 2nd at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. It is a long surgery and Bill’s doctors will be Wade Chien and Rafael Tamargo. We anticipate Bill being in the hospital for 5-7 days and then at home recovering at least through mid-January. We are grateful for prayers for all involved and plan to use this website to let people know how Bill’s surgery and recovery go.