July 15, 2017 was the scariest day of my life. My mother called me and said dad had a fall, she was taking him to the , Emergency Department, mom said come right away I need to talk to you. When I arrived she informed me they found 2 masses on my dad's brain. I cried uncontrollably and called my two sisters and husband. With it being a Saturday the doctors couldn't provide us with much more information.
That Monday we met the neurology team who informed us of dad's large tumor and another smaller tumor. He would need surgery to remove the larger tumor. That Friday dad had a resection of his brain. After surgery we learned he was diagnosised with grade 4 GMB (Glioblastoma). It would be a long and bumpy road.
Fast forward to November 2017 - dad went through standard treatment of Chemotherapy and radiation. He recently had a second MRI that showed some tumor growth. He will undergo second round of chemotherapy to reduce swelling.
Nov 28th- Dad has finished his second round of chemo. Up next: MRI in a few weeks. Fingers crossed!
Dec 11th- Next appointment with the Neuro-oncologist
Jan 28th- Since my last update, dad was had a bad UTI and staff infection. He had a hospitalization and was given antibotics. Dad is no longer walking or talking. He is still in there and can us and know we are talking. I am not giving up hope.
June 18th, 2018
I've realized I have not given an update in over 6 months. Reason being, I was spending as much time as possible with my dad and family. The reality set in that he was declining and declining quickly. A various amount of emotions were taking over me, including the WHY?!?! I kept calm and knew He had a plan. Now over a month, dad is an angel in heaven. He passed away May 5th, 2018 with my mother and aunt present.
I am fighting, fundraising and running all for dad and for any other person on the planet that has to ensure this journey.
I registered for this marathon to not only raise awareness and funds for people suffering with brain tumors, but because running is my passion. My sisters and I have always been runners- our dad..a walker! Through my high school and college years we ran all the holiday 5ks together. Dad was present for my first marathon! October 2018- I'm running for him, I'm running for me, I'm running for all the people affected by this diease. I'm running because I want to fight for my dad and take all his pain away!
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