Craig’s Story

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Saturday June 2nd 10:30pm
Its been officially 24 hours since we first thought we were going in for migraine medication for Craig, where we learned that the headaches he has had for 4-5 days were much more serious than we thought. Its pretty crazy when you receive that news, it doesn't feel real and when the Physician Assistant said those words, "I have bad news, we are seeing a mass in your brain on your CT Scan". I can tell you, nothing prepares you for that moment. These things are not supposed to happen, especially not to Craig, not to my husband and the father of our son. Time doesn't stop because your not ready for that moment - luckily the staff at Essentia were great and let us know we needed to proceed with a MRI and get Craig admitted to the hospital. 

During this time our good friends Alicia and Al had already stepped in to take care of our dog and our 2 year old son Reeve. Thank you. Thank you. 

The next few hours ticked by slowly, but by 6:00am Craig's parents and sister were in route to Fargo and my parents shortly after. 

Now today, Saturday around 3:00pm we met with the Neurologist and discussed the MRI that was taken the previous night. The mass or left frontal lobe tumor is approximately the size of a lime. Which more than explains the pain he's had this week. The Neurologist let us know our next step is surgery and to remove as much of the tumor as possible. The surgery is this followingThursday. Craig will be in ICU for at least 2 days, and then moved to the hospital for 2 more days before returning home. We won't know much about our road to recovery until about 10-14 days  after surgery. We are told the tumor has to be tested to tell us about it, and to see if its benign, or the other 100+ other possibilities. Then we will know if we will need Chemo or Radiation as well.  

In these short 24 hours we have had a rush of emotions and are still processing the news ourselves. We have lots to pray for, lots to be thankful for, and appreciate all the kind words we've received thus far. Craig is a champ, strong as hell, heck - he ran the 10K just 2 weeks ago with me (and he didn't train!), he has limited symptoms, and the tumor seems to be secluded to a singular area and no where else in his body. Plus on top of that we have a wonderful network of friends/family and tons of prayer warriors. Thank you all for praying and caring for Craig. We love you all and will keep you updated as we learn more each day. 

- Candice 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Candice Ahmann

Beginning of September Craig started having worsening headaches and fatigue. Our worst fears were realized when Craig had new tumor growth as his cancer moved to another area. We were very hopeful as Craig has been so strong and brave since the start of his diagnosis last year in June. His strength is so admirable as he has yet to complain about his battle.

Craig has fought so hard these last few weeks, undergoing a new treatment plan and  radiation for a second time. But to no avail, his symptoms continued to increase.

Yesterday, as a family we made the decision to put Craig on palliative/hospice care. Craig is at home with his family resting more peacefully. 

Thank you all for the continued thoughts and prayers to our family and for Craig. 
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