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Hiatus: No news is good news

June 23rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

Time just whizzes by.  Last year my New Year’s resolution was to update this website at least once a month.  Like most New Year’s resolutions… that never happened.  It is not because I don’t care; it is a combination of being very busy and not really knowing what to write about.  My passion to help [...]

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Tags: back pain · Brain Tumor · disabled veterans · education · everyday life · happy ending · Marine · Miliary brain tumor · military retirement · recovery · stress · surgery · thankful · thoughts · tumor · update · work

Two years ago today…An Update

July 13th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Two years ago today I was sitting in the Stanford Hospital waiting room worried that my husband might not make it through brain surgery. Since July 13, 2007 Travis has had too many medical appointments to count. He has been on too much medication, especially pain medication. He has been on Oxycontin, Duragesic pain patches, [...]

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Tags: Brain Tumor · CyberKnife · Cyberknife radiation · daughter · detox · doctor · Dr. Adler · Dr. Moon San Diego · emergency room · everyday life · family · follow up · Gabapentin · hospital · Marine · Methadone · Methadone Detox · military retirement · mood · Neurontin · Neurontin Information · Pain Management · positive · radiation · recovery · San Diego · Schwannoma military · Stanford · thankful · thoughts · Trigeminal schwannoma · tumor · update · Vicodin · Withdrawal

The tumor is completely gone!!!!

March 25th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Travis went to Palo Alto on Monday to have an MRI.  On Tuesday he saw Dr. Adler and was told that his tumor is completely gone.  As exciting as it is I still don’t think it has sunk in all the way. In my opinion, this is proof that CyberKnife radiation works.  It is the [...]

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Tags: brain cancer · Brain Tumor · cancer · CyberKnife · Cyberknife radiation · Dr. Adler · radiation · Radiosurgery · recovery · Schwannoma military · Stanford · Trigeminal schwannoma · tumor · update

New non-invasive treatment for Trigeminal Schwannoma-CyberKnife

March 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

The other night while doing my nightly research I came across the most wonderful article.  It was just published in February 2009. Dr. John Adler, the best neurosurgeon in the world (the surgeon who has been taking care of Travis) has reported that 13 consecutive patients with Trigeminal Schwannomas were treated with CyberKnife between 2003-2007.  [...]

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Tags: Brain Tumor · CyberKnife · Cyberknife radiation · Dr. Adler · radiation · Radiosurgery · surgery · Trigeminal schwannoma · tumor

The first CyberKnife Radiation treatment

November 8th, 2007 · No Comments

We got a call from Travis’s neurosurgeon.  He explained to us that the reason two treatments are needed is because the residual tumor is very close to Travis’s optic nerve.  To be safe the radiation should be broken up into two treatments.  Travis explained to his neurosurgeon that we could not really come back for [...]

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Tags: Ativan · Brain Tumor · Cyberknife radiation · follow up · hospital · radiation · Radiosurgery · Stanford · tumor · update

CT Scan, Good News, Long Day

November 7th, 2007 · No Comments

Today started early.  Travis had a CT Scan at 7:15am.  He took an Ativan before the appointment so that he could be relaxed.  We arrived at the Radiation Therapy unit and checked in.  They took us back into an area where they introduced their selves, took a picture of Travis for identification purposes, and started [...]

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Tags: Brain Tumor · CT Scan · Cyberknife radiation · follow up · hospital · MRI · positive · Radiosurgery · Stanford · surgery · tumor · update

Back at Stanford for a follow up with his surgeon.

November 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Today we traveled up to Stanford.  Travis saw his neurosurgeon for the first time since the summer. He gave Travis’s progress a “B+”.  He said that he expects Travis’s eye to come back to normal.  He also expects his forehead to wrinkle again. Overall, the appointment went well.  We saw an MRI pre-surgery and compared it [...]

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Tags: Brain Tumor · doctor · floow up · nerve damage · positive · Stanford · surgery · tumor · update

Some Brain Tumor and Caregiver Information

November 1st, 2007 · No Comments

I found some useful information on www.caregiver.org.  ©Family Caregiver Alliance http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=568   Definitions A brain tumor is a collection of damaged cells that multiply out of control within the brain. Also called a neoplasm, growth, mass or lesion, a brain tumor is classified as either primary or secondary (metastatic), and can be benign or malignant. [...]

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Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2007 · No Comments

Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween!  I am writing today to show you that even though the diagnosis is life changing, life does go on.  I do my best to keep “business as usual” around here.  Being diagnosed does not mean your life is over, it just means that it is going to be a little [...]

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Tags: Brain Tumor · everyday life · family · Halloween · holiday · life lesson · mood · thoughts · words of advice

Facts I learned on Oprah today

September 27th, 2007 · No Comments

On average a brain tumor cost $200,000 or more.  50% of bankruptcy is because of medical care Healthcare (costs) are the #1 cause of homelessness Healthcare costs are the#1 cause of bankruptcy  

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Tags: bankrupt · Brain Tumor · finances · health insurance · hospital · medical bills · surgery · tumor · usefull info