As you may or may not be aware, my dad underwent another brain surgery on May 10th. The first time he had surgery was back in 2015 and unfortunately his other doctors were not able to remove as much and he received a month of radiation in hopes of keeping the tumor from growing further. In some cases, radiation can make this type of benign tumor grow back much quicker and aggressively and in his case it did.
In the last six months we knew the tumor had grown based on his quality of life, we just didn’t realize just how extreme until he was finally able to get an MRI. To make a longer story short, we were finally able to find new doctors in Columbus at OSU and they were confident with their approach through the inner ear that they would be able to remove the entire tumor, it was just a matter of whether his facial nerves would be permanently damaged. Within a few days of his first appointment there we were surprised that the doctors scrambled to shift things in the schedule even more in order to get him surgery the next day due to urgency— his brain stem was very compressed from the tumor and he might not have been around much longer without the surgery happening quickly.
Surgery went better than they could have imagined. They were able to successfully remove 99 percent of the tumor, only leaving a little sliver behind that was too attached to his brain stem to be removed and without permanent damage to the facial nerves.
Dad is still in the rehabilitation part of the hospital. Seeing him there and not being able to walk and getting 6+ hours of therapy daily to improve his speech, fine and gross motor skills, and daily tasks has me realizing how much we take for granted these simple daily things that come so easily to us. Why the hell am I not doing more when I am capable?
SO, I have decided to run the Chicago Half Marathon on September 29th for him and to raise money for The American Brain Tumor Association in his honor. Money donated will provide critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care. Any bit you would be willing to donate would mean a lot to my family and I am sure many others who have similar stories!
Thanks for sticking along and reading through my novel!