The doctors determined that immediate surgery was needed. On October 20 Mark underwent surgery.
The pathology report confirmed what doctors feared: Mark had a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). The big-daddy of brain tumors.
As though the diagnosis of a GBM weren't bad enough - pathology also showed that his type is high aggressive and Stage 4.
Since surgery and diagnosis, Mark has been unable to return to work; endured six weeks of radiation treatment; and is currently undergoing chemo therapy.
Additionally, Mark has had to be readmitted twice to the hospital for health conditions resulting from either treatment or the tumor itself.
Mark is in a battle for his life and medical expenses, including deductibles, in-network maxes, and co-pays for in-home health therapy are mounting. All while Mark is unable to work and awaiting disability status.
Twila continues to work, reduced hours, while caring for Mark's needs and getting him to and from appointments.
She has been able to find a local company that provides visiting-nurses who can help care for Mark while she runs errands, works, or gets some much needed respite for herself. This service comes with a small fee of $15-20/hr.
If you would like to help with either medical bills or cover an hour or two of the nurses' fees, your generous gift would be treasured. No gift is too small and we thank you for even considering helping us as we face this health crisis.
If you would like to help in other ways beyond financially, please visit our CaringBridge website. There we list times to visit, ideas for meals, and ways to help with general household chores and yard maintenance.
Mark & Twila
- Judi Schulz
- Ray Ortiz
- Yvonne South
- Mark Wahl
- Deb Nelson
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