December 18th, 2017 Seattle Washington
Pat had traveled there for work at one of his company’s locations. During that day he had a seizure in the warehouse, collapsed, and hit his head, his coworkers found him and had him taken to Harborview Medical Center. He was 2,086 miles from home and had no family members to help him get through this. Luckily, Pat works with some great people, Skyler (sp?) and Louis there in Seattle to mention just two. They made sure he was not alone and that Pat’s wife Karen and other family members were up to date on his condition.
Over the next 24 hours, the doctors discovered a large mass on his brain. Pat was now on strong anti-seizure medication and working to convince the doctors to let him fly home alone on December 20th to continue his treatment back home in St. Louis. He managed to do just that!
The next several weeks were a blur of appointments, scans and tests. Pat sought out the opinions of 3 top Neurosurgeons in St. Louis. He decided on one and the brain surgery took place at Mercy St. Louis on Wednesday January 24th.
The tumor was/is in two lobes of his brain. Right frontal and temporal. It surrounded a couple of arteries that are very important to supplying blood to the parts of his brain that control vision, speech and motor skills. They had to leave roughly 10% of the tumor in place to help avoid those arteries.
Friday January 26th, yes just 2 days later, he was home sitting in his recliner eating a pizza.
Pat started calling his tumor tangerine because he wanted a size reference. Tangerine is a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma. Chemotherapy and radiation have started and as of today, 5 days have been completed and many more weeks to go.
As you all know, not only is the fight physical and mental, it comes with a huge monetary cost. Pat has medical insurance through his employer and they provide short-term disability but that has run out. He is determined to return to work but cannot. Many of you have asked how you can help. Well, through your donations, no matter the size, you can help pay for medical expenses, transportation to treatments, and basic living costs. Thank you for your prayers and support throughout this fight!
Pat’s older brother
PS. For those of you trying to count, 57, yes 57 staples. Pat brought them home of course, being an avid Fly Fisherman he may try to figure out a way to make some unique "flys" during his recovery.
Below: Hittin' em hard in 2013
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