After four months dale is now back at work and driving again.
Things should hopefully improve financially soon. However over the last month things have been quite hard for the Newman’s.
Dale's income is mainly commission based. His work kept him on sick leave until he could drive again. February 26th.
He's also had issues with his left ear which are likely to be due to the treatment overseas.
His ear is improving but he still has issues with it on and off.
His fatigue is still difficult.
The Newman's need some help to get them back on track so they don't use the money/assets planned to be sold/used for the future treatment options.
So if you can help in anyway please donate or share this please.
Dale was diagnosed in may 2015 with a grade 2 oligodendroglioma, most likely inoperable.
We were on watch and wait. In feb 2016 Dale's neurosurgeon suggested an awake craniotomy to debulk his tumor as it was growing and shifting his midline considerably.
We decided to seek other neurosurgeon's opinions. We went to a few in Adelaide and Dr Teo in Sydney. Dr Teo said that within 2-4 yrs of discovery this tumour will turn nasty and he'd have a year to live. They all agreed that approximately 30-40% could be removed without paralysing him, loosing speech completely and or loss of vision. They all agreed on an awake craniotomy would be a better option.
Dale had an awake craniotomy on the 12th May 2017. The surgery was successful, about 40% was removed but he had significant speech issues. He has speech therapy twice a week. He came within mm's of loosing his speech entirely.
Further surgery isn't an option.
Pathology showed it's now an Astrocytoma grade 2/3.
He needs to start radiotherapy now.
We started looking at alternative treatments and discovered proton therapy.
Proton therapy is a more direct form of radiation that targets the tumour without damaging surrounding good cells.
This treatment is not available in Australia at the moment.
The new RAH will have a proton therapy machine in 2020. Unfortunately to late for us.
Proton therapy is available in several other countries around the world including the USA.
We feel this is Dale's best option.
We tried to get government assistance for this treatment but were not accepted.
We are selling assets but need help to get Dale to the USA for this treatment.
The treatment goes for 7 weeks.
My husband is the best husband and father. To know he possibly won't be around to watch our kids grow up is torturous.
Explaining this to the kids who are 11 & 8 was gut wrenching. I can't contemplate a life without Dale.