A couple of updates have been added to this post after the image at the bottom.
For Communicatrix who has a good friend, named Uma, in the hospital after suffering an aneurysm.
So I cannot think of a better way to end this series than with an ode to Uma, and a plea for you to perhaps take a moment of your Wednesday to send a healing thought, or a minute to draw a green heart on your hand.
And also for an old friend and school mate of mine, Rick, who is home recovering after having had a large brain tumor surgically removed 2 weeks ago. It is still touch and go. For both of you, here are some green hearts rendered in photoshop to wish you well on your road to recovery.
Love from Vancouver, Canada.
UPDATE #1 –
I just heard from Megan and Rick. There are no pathology results back yet. They met with radiation and chemo people at the hospital to do baseline preparation, in case either course of treatment is required. Nothing will happen until the report is back. They left some chocolates and a card for the nurses on the 4th floor of the Regional. They are going to run a couple of errands and then return to Fredericton so that they are home safely in daylight and ahead of the snow storm which is supposed to hit tomorrow.
That is all the news for now.
UPDATE #2 –
Hi everyone — Megan here with some very good news!!!!!
We got the pathology results today:
Non-malignant (i.e. non-cancerous), grade 2 oligodendro glioma (a type of brain cell that is affected)
(Notice the non-malignant part!!!!!) This part is very exciting — the not so fun part is that the neurosurgeon said that quite often this can turn to become malignant, and given how evasive it has already been through Rick’s brain, chances are it will turn malignant at some point.
As for treatment, we still don’t know what’s going to happen at this time (and place don’t ask if you call as Rick doesn’t want to think about it!) The oncologists and the neurosurgeons get together to discuss cases on Wednesdays, so it may be a bit before we know (as they’re still trying to figure out what to do right now too, as it is very extensive through his brain). Rick still may be in for weeks of radiation and months of chemo to try to slow progression, but at least we have something more concrete to hold on to than the presumed final stage (or next to final stage malignant (i.e. cancerous) glioma that we were lead to believe all along)
Anyway, my food just arrived and I’m REALLY hungr, so I’m going ot cut this off short and go enjoy some Chinese food with friends. Counting every small blessing along the way, including all of your kind words, positive vibes and prayers …
P.S. Not to be rude, but they they can take their original 9-12 month prognosis (when they thought it was final stage, malignant glioma) and shove it! 😛