Mike's Road to Recovery

Our other GoFundMe me account has been locked for some reason. They have started a new one until they could merge the two together for those wondering. As many of you know, in January of 2013 Mike underwent surgery to remove Craniopharyngioma (Brain tumor).  It was a long recovery process which included months of rehabilitation, radiation and many doctor visits.  Since then, Mike follows up with Dr. Schneider for a yearly checkup.  Unfortunately, in August 2019, it was confirmed the tumor had grown back.  

Mike is a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend to many.
Anyone who knows Mike or has had the opportunity to spend time with him would agree,  he is one of the most heartwarming, caring, compassionate man that goes out of his way to make everyone happy.
He will always lend a hand and do so with a smile.  He is an incredible husband to his beautiful wife Debbie, who has not left his side. 
Mike is blessed with two incredible daughters, whom he adores.  Mike has always been the Dad who makes the sun come up every day for his family.  Mike has a big family and many many friends who have been an intricate part of his life and this battle.  For over 35 years, Mike has been a dedicated and valued employee at Able & Schafer Inc. He loves his job and everyone he has worked with and they have been on this journey with Mike from the start. 

Mike was scheduled for surgery on October 30th.  According to his doctor, this surgery was supposed to be easier than the last.  They were going to go through his nose instead of the top of his head.  This easy surgery didn’t go quite as planned.  Because he had radiation, the area of the tumor was very vascular and the doctor had a hard time reaching the tumor.  Once reached, he feels he was able to remove the tumor root and all.  Unfortunately for Mike, the recovery has not been an easy road.  

Since his October 30th surgery, Mike has had 5 more surgeries.  

He developed blood clots in his right leg which required an IVC filter to be put in on 11/8.  He soon developed clots in left arm.  Because of the brain surgery he was unable to get blood thinners.  He had a cerebral spinal drain in his back that drained fluid from his brain into a canister.  Because of sneezing and blowing his nose, he had two more surgeries on 11/11 and 11/21.  The drain was pulled out accidentally causing another surgery 11/13.  The last surgery he had was 11/25 at which time a permanent shunt was placed in his head that will allow spinal fluid to drain into his pertinium.  Unfortunately, because he has been bed ridden for two weeks, he has developed man clots in both legs. Not only in the legs but his family just found out in multiple clots in his arms.  Mike’s family just found out he will need at least another 2-4 weeks in the intensive care at LIJ. Once he is released he is going to need acute rehabilitation both physical and cognitive. After the acute rehab, Mike will need subacute rehabilitation and then out patient care at his home. During this time, Mike is unable to work. He is on a long journey to recovery.

This gofundme page has been set up on behalf of the Berman and Ferrara Families to assist with the cost of Mike's Medical Expenses that will not be covered under insurance, travel/transportation expenses, housing and personal bills accrued while Mike is not working. Most importantly  the goal of this page is to share Mike's update and overall information with the many people who love him.52729644_1605908545321699_r.jpeg


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    • $500 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Stacy Berman 
Waxhaw, NC
Debra Lang 
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