|Tumor w/ Surrounding "Bad Stuff" in active tissue|
(translated from Medical to English)
Grade 4 (worst)
The surgeon got the main tumor out.
But it's guaranteed to have a splatter effect of Bad Stuff mixed in surrounding brain tissue.
Aggressive radiation/chemo (6wks/6months respectively) will maybe beat it back.
Then, ongoing maintenance of MRI scans every couple months, and chemo when more tumors appear, for life.
I guess that's not as bad as the old school movie "Go home and die" answer, but I think these days it's about as bad as it gets folks...
On the other hand, the oncologist said that the odds of hearing benign were in the realm of "case study in a journal". I do wish they had just told me that weeks ago. I've been living with a false hope of hearing "benign" and on the hook of not knowing for weeks... Oh well.
I'm staying as positive as I can, but I'm in for a rough ride, and that's the breaks.
Thanks for all your prayers, support, and donations.
I'll try to post more on Friday 9/10. Tomorrow 9/9 is a CT scan with some kind of plastic fencing mask to map where the tumor used to be married with the old MRIs to program the linear accelerator for the radiation treatment. Or, at least, that's my layman's understanding of what the doctor said...
I think I get my staples out of my scalp tomorrow too. That's good, as the changing Autumn weather is making them hot/cold expand/contract in an annoying way. That probably sounds silly/petty in the grand scheme of things, but there it is.
Anyway, expect silence Thursday 9/9 from me, almost for sure. I don't think they let me use my laptop from inside a CT scanner :-)
I also want to thank my employer, Rasmussen who have bent over backwards throughout this ordeal to keep me "employed" and "current" in insurance coverage. I don't know what I'd do without them. If you are looking for a good place to work in the online education industry, check out the openings and tell them I sent you:
Rasmussen Employment Opportunities
They've done right by me, that's for sure!