Monday, September 22, 2008


For all of those of you who are wondering what is going on in my life. I created this blog so everyone could stay up to date on my condition. On Thursday the 18th I was in the middle of a run when I started to feel strange. My hands seized into my chest and wouldn't move. I started to lose my balance and sat down on the curb. I suppose I passed out b/c I came to and found about 5 people standing above me telling me an ambulance was on the way. They took me to Hopkin's Bayview campus. They described my episode as a seizure. After doing a number of tests they determined that I had a lesion in the right frontal lobe of my brain. Rather than do a biopsy the neurosurgeon determined that the location of my lesion made it ideal to just go in and take out without haste. My surgeon's name is Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa. I am absolutely privileged to have him.
My surgery is scheduled for friday the 26th. I will undergo a craniotomy.
I am on some meds which are kind of giving me a hard time right now. I spend most of my days napping off migraines.
I want to talk to everyone so please don't be afraid to call but please understand that I have a lot to straighten out in the next few days and so I may not be able to get back to everyone, please do not get upset about me not getting back to you right away. I value all of your thoughts and prayers. I'll try to update this blog regularly


macfarland23 said...

Hey buddy, been thinking about you nonstop. Your going to get through this fine brother. It won't be long till your back in tennessee tearin up the town with me. I will definately come up and see you again soon when you are recooperating. Love ya Petch call me for anything.

Anonymous said...

Hi John-
My thoughts and prayers are with you right now! It sounds like you have an amazing strength getting you through this and how brave it is of you to share it with everyone! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

sgdavis6439 said...

I wanted to let you have plenty of support and prayers coming from the cousins at Clemson. Your doctor seems to be as top notch as you can get, I spent all morning in class reading up on him. You are going to be fine, I know it, and in no time at all will be back entertaining everyone. I'm planning on driving home from school either next weekend or the weekend after to come see you. In the meantime, let me know if you need me to take care of anything, I'll do my best on any picks for this weekend, my phone is always on.
Love you like an older brother, stay strong,

Jerry said...

Good luck mate.