Mike had an extremely anxious morning before the doctor's appointment. I got an e-mail from my cousin yesterday who, among other things, told me that knowledge is power. She said we would have an intuitive feeling about choosing the right doctor. The neurosurgeon that we visited this morning is indeed the right man to do this surgery. Mike will have surgery on Thursday morning at 11:30. The tumor is situated in the best possible place in his brain for surgery. It is in his right temporal lobe just inside his skull. Because of its position, the doctor assured us that there would be no residual effects. Because it is a stage 3 cancer, Mike will need to have all 3 stages of treatment, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The doc said the surgery will last about 3 hours, that Mike will be in intensive care overnight, and that his hospital stay should last about 3 or 4 days. An oncologist will meet with us in the hospital to set up Mike's treatment after his recovery from surgery. Mike was quick to ask the doctor when he would be able to return to work... We will be very cautious to make sure Mike has sufficient healing before his return, however, you all know Mike and know that his work is his passion and he will be back before long.
Hannah is flying in tomorrow and we all feel good about that. Tyler went with us to the doctor's visit and took copious notes. Dear Andy is working diligently trying to finish a project at the office... I think he worked all night. I don't know what Mike would do without him right now. We are again so gratful for amazing children who are strengthening us so much.
We feel encouraged with today's results. Thanks again for all of your loving thoughts and prayers. Let us all press on!