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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

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

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

Pictures

November 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Slowly but surely I am getting pictures uploaded.  Please check them out and continue checking back to see more pictures.  Right now I have some of the pictures up of Travis after his second surgery.  I have a lot more to upload and I will do my best to document Travis’s radiation experience. Check out […]

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Tags: pictures · radiation · Radiosurgery · surgery · usefull info

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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Tags: advice · brain cancer · Brain Tumor · cancer · condition · education · family · Links · Radiosurgery · surgery · tip · tumor · usefull info

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

Surgey and return visit to the hospital

July 26th, 2007 · No Comments

So much has happened since I last wrote. I will do my best to recall the important stuff. Friday, July13, 2007 was surgery day. I had a lot of confidence in Dr. Adler but I was still so scared. Even though I should have thought of positive things all I could think about was losing […]

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Tags: back pain · doctor · emergency room · hospital · Stanford · staples · surgery