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update

March 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

So much has been going on in our lives I do not even know where to start. Travis is currently in the MEB/PEB process, in civilian term this means that he is in the process of being medically retired from the military. It also means that he must attend different classes as well as additional […]

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Tags: back · back pain · driving · everyday life · follow up · helping families · Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund · MEB · military retirement · Miramar · MRI · nerve damage · nonprofit organization · PEB · Stanford · stress · support · thankful · update

2 MRIs and lots of worries

January 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Today Travis is getting 2 MRIs, one of his back and one of his head.  So many things are runnng through our heads.  It is hard to stay positive right now.  We want to hear that everything is clear but we hate to get our hopes up.  Yesterday we also were advised that his days […]

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Tags: back · head · job · MRI · stress · update · work

He got back on a snowboard

January 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Dr. Adler (Travis’s neurosurgeon) said that his goal for Travis was to get him back on a snowboard.  Well not even six months after his surgery Travis got back on the mountain after a two season hiatus.  It was great to see him snowboarding again.  I am so glad that this was not permanently taken […]

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Tags: Big Bear · condition · recovery · snow · snowboard · snowboarding · update

More progress

December 10th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Things are changing.  Travis’s eye is improving.  It is starting to turn out.  It almost looks like it did before he had his second surgery.  His eye lid is still droopy and he still can’t raise his left eyebrow.  The droopiness can be fixed but he has to wait until there is not anymore progress.  […]

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Tags: everyday life · family · holiday · positive · thankful · update

another step forward

November 13th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Travis drove yesterday for the first time since July.  It was a short drive but he did drive on the freeway and he did a good job.  It is probably better that he lets me continue to do the driving for now but I thought that he should try it just on case of an […]

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Tags: driving · update

Radiation done….a happy ending :)

November 9th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Today was not so exciting.  Travis had his second and last treatment of CyberKnife radiation.  While Travis was getting radiated I spoke with a couple who were in the waiting room.  There was a man there who was given 6 months to live after being diagnosed with lung cancer.  He had radiation and 9 ½ […]

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Tags: Cyberknife radiation · follow up · happy · happy ending · radiation · Radiosurgery · tumor · update

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

Not sure what to think…

November 8th, 2007 · No Comments

We just got a call from the radiation department. They said that they were instructed to schedule Travis for two treatments.  All along we were told that he only needed one.  So now we are staying here for an extra night.  Travis is going to have one CyberKnife treatment first thing Friday morning and then […]

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Tags: confused · Cyberknife radiation · doctor · follow up · Stanford · stress · 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