Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pardon my confusing texts

I have gone from a very regimented schedule to doing virtually nothing all day. a side effect of all of this is that I have completely lost track of dates and days of the week so I probably have sent some confusing textxs regarding visiting dates and times to people. Bear with me. I am lucid. that being said I am leaving for the beach tomorrow morning and coming back friday morning so obviously the only people here to visit will be my mother and sandy. While they appreciate company, visiting for the next few days may not be as exciting. Thanks for everything everyone, feeling better every day.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Don't feed the bear!

I appreciate the visitors and the company at my parents so this next request will seem very odd. But from this point forward I am asking that anyone who comes to visit me avoid bringing snacks. the dinner schedule is very much appreciated. Unfortunately, I am on some meds which make me hungry non stop and I cannot have cookies, brownies, cakes, candy, and all sorts of other desserts readily available to me. You'll be helping me greatly by not bringing such items despite the fact that it seems nurturing. Once again I am happy to visitors at any time i just want to make sure my arteries make in through the next few weeks

Friday, June 24, 2011

Just hanging out

I am resting at my parents house now and visitors are welcome. The most exhausting part is actually scheduling visitors. Shoot me a text if you wanna swing by not really an issue. I am not much entertainment but i'll be here. Thanks again everyone. the love and support i have received is a huge reason why i am doing so well

Thursday, June 23, 2011

heading home

Hey everyone sorry I have not updated this in a while. the internet connection at the hospital is spotty at best. I am headed home in a couple of hours. I'll be open to visitors but keep in mind that I need to get a lot of rest. This process has gone even smoother than last time, but i still have a long way to go. The best news in all of this is that my surgeon told me that for this operation he was able to dehydrate my brain so much that it was small enough that they were able to remove the tumor without taking any more blood vessels or brain tissue. This should make for an excellent recovery without a lot of side effects. Really exhausted now but I'll see all of you soon.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Out of Surgery

John just came out of surgery. As they wheeled him past us he gave us a wave and said "love you guys". Fantastic news! There is a long way to go, but we've cleared the first hurdle. We'll keep everyone posted as we get more news. Keep the prayers coming.

Monday, June 20, 2011

big day

First off some house keeping issues: I realize that many of you are concerned about me and want updates about what is going on instantly, but this is a slow process at times. The blog will be updated regularly by my sister and my family so please check back regularly. My sister will be available for calls and texts but please be understanding that she does not need to be overwhelmed during such a stressful process and will do her best to update everyone.

For those of you who know me even for a little while it becomes fairly evident that the best way to try to get me to do something is to tell me that I can't do it and I'll go to extreme lengths to make sure I can. Obviously the challenge which I am again faced with is of a different nature. This is a somewhat familiar challenge but nonetheless daunting. To try to say this is fair or part of a plan is honestly not something I can willingly subscribe to. To try to figure out "why me" or "what did I do" is even less productive. All I can say at this point is that I can take it. I know this because all of you have constantly reminded me how strong I am.

I wish I had enough time to talk with everyone that I have heard from this past week. The honest to god truth is that I did not have time to talk with each one of you because i have had so many people call, e-mail, text, and visit. This is for everyone. At times it could be said that I have a bad habit of not throwing things away in my life; old clothes, documents, or knickknacks of various kinds. This week and the support I have received has made me realize that I seem to have a habit of doing the same with people. This is one habit I have no regrets about. I have so many people that care about me in my life that I am literally amazed.

I can't say I have always known what I wanted to do with my life or why I'm doing things. I will say that as I have gone along throughout my life my one consistent goal has been to make impression of some kind on those that I have encountered. This week has given me a wonderful sense of fulfillment because I have realized that if nothing else to this point in life that goal is intact.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Food schedule

We've set up an online schedule for food thanks to the many offers. Here's the link:


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Got sent home

I was sent home yesterday afternoon. I am not allowed to drive right now because all the evidence points to the fact that I had a seizure while running and therefore, even while on anti seizure medication I'm not cleared to drive. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday morning. Probably going to stay at my house in Baltimore on Saturday night. Visitors are welcome whenever and are always appreciated.

I don't have a whole lot of information about what's going on and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared. But what I will say is that I am convinced I will come through this fine and for anyone who has ever had an argument or a conversation with me you know that once I am convinced of something I won't be talked out of it. I don't plan on starting now!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hopefully Headed home

Hey everyone I'm headed home at some point today it seems. Thanks for all the texts and other messages. They are really helping me stay positive and keep my chin up. Obviously this is very important because it is the only thing I can control. My surgery is scheduled for Tuesday June, 21. I am headed back to my parents house in Arnold. Visitors are welcome as mentioned please text me or my sister before coming.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Same story just a different date

So once again, I was running, I had a seizure, I was taken to a hospital, I had an MRI and they discovered a tumor. It is a smaller tumor in a similar spot. The difference is this one may be a little more intertwined with blood vessels and the part of my brain involved with motor function but the treatment plan seems to be the same. Surgery is scheduled tentatively for Monday June 21st. I think I will be headed home today probably to my parents. Visitors are all welcome just let me know in advance so I know to be home. Text either me or my sister her #401-359-7727. If you don't hear back from me I may be asleep. The only thing is sick people should probably wait til after surgery to come because I don't want to catch anything that may delay surgery and my sister's new baby is there as well. Not up for talking yet but texts and e-mails are most welcome. Thanks for all the love see you soon.