Mike and Ida Pedrosa
In March of 2010, Mike suffered a grand mal seizure after a second day shift and a tumor was discovered in his brain. He underwent surgery, and after finding the tumor was malignant, he underwent 8 months of chemo. He returned to work in April of 2011, under the pretense of not returning to operational policing until he was 5 years seizure free. Mike was a faithful worker, excelling at every task that was given to him, despite not being able to work the streets, as he had signed up to do. During these 5 years, Mike obtained his Masters in Criminology, fathered two beautiful daughters, served his church, and coached his son and daughter's soccer teams. On June 30th, 2015 Mike returned to work, fully operational!!!! What a glorious day! The struggles that lay before Mike and his family were seemingly behind them.
Fast forward to September 7th, 2016 … Mike suffered another seizure while at the court house. He was rushed to the hospital and a CT scan confirmed a change in his brain. An MRI later revealed a main mass in his previous tumor site. This mass has a blood supply and is more aggressive. Brain surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 28th. Additionally, there are more spots in other places of the brain that the neurosurgeon doesn’t feel he can operate on due to deficits that it would leave in Mike's personality or motor skills. This complicates matters and involves the options of chemo or radiation.
The PEDROSAs are a family of faith, trusting the Lord. After turning the page to another chapter, they find themselves repeating some of the story. There may be fear and uncertainty, but their trust is in God. “The Lord does not give us more than we can handle.”
This Gofundme page was created in an effort to support the PEDROSA family. Funds raised will go to aid the family in ways they see fit. With three small children, it is hard to manage a household without the stress of what is to come; child care, house cleaner, meals, affording time off work for ida, that trip to Disneyland that is on the bucket list…
Mike and Ida have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support they have received from their friends, Maple Ridge community and Ridge Meadows RCMP. For those who are wanting to support Mike and his family, donations can be made on this site.
Mike, Ida, and family … In the days, weeks, months, and years ahead, we want you know that we support you all and are sending you our love and prayers!
mike will get a 4 day break over christmas (24-27) and 3 days over new years (31-2)
we expect that mike will react similarly to the chemo as last time which was very well. the radiation is expected to make his brain swell which results in bad headaches and nausea. he will receive steroids to help with this. the main symptom is that he will most likely be very tired and quite drained as the brain fatigues from the treatment.
we continue to know so much love and support. thank you all!
we also remain in god's peace for us and our family and celebrate all that he has done in our lives as we begin to celebrate his birth this christmas season.
Lots of people have been asking if there are any updates. We had another appointment today and met with the radiation oncologist. We still don't have a treatment start date but the expectation is that it will be the last week of November. Today's appointment was to discuss treatment (pretty much everything we had already been told in our appointment on October 26th) and to set up the preliminary appointments Mike will need before treatment can start. He has two more appointments this week and two appointments next week. Then we hope the 6 weeks of daily (Monday-Friday) radiation and chemo will start the last week of November.
As always, thank you near and far for your love and care. What a blessing to be able to walk this path with so many supporting us
Our next update:
We had our appointment with the cancer agency this week. The biopsy showed that the tumour is the same as it was 6 years ago. So although it has grown quickly, it has not changed into a more aggressive type of cancer.
They do however, want to treat it more aggressively this time, so mike will be doing chemo and radiation. He will have daily (Mon-Fri) radiation and chemo for 6 weeks. After those 6 weeks, he will have just chemo for 6 more months. The chemo will be the same as last time - pill form taken at home for 5 consecutive days in each of the 6 months (1 week of chemo followed by 3 weeks of no chemo and then repeat).
The radiation is expected to cause swelling in the brain and can result in bad headaches and nausea/vomiting. They will try and manage this with steroid medication. 3 months after radiation is complete, it is expected that the swelling will be gone and mike will have his first scan. He will have scans every 3 months after that for a year - then it will switch to 6 months.
We aren't able to get an appointment with the radiation oncologist till November 14th. At this time they will fit mike for his mould that will be used when he receives treatment. So although we don't know when his treatment will start, it won't be till after that time. We are on a cancelation list, so hopefully we can get in earlier.
Mike is now seemingly healed from surgery and has been able to join back into normal family life. The kids, especially Luca, have really benefited by being able to spend time with him again.
Thank you all for your continued love, prayer and support. What an amazing community God has blessed us with!
We were under the assumption that the portion of tumour being removed was in the same area as last time, when in fact, it is quite a bit deeper below the previous site. There are two spots that have not been removed. The first was a part of the tumour that was removed but it is on the left side of the brain (the surgeon removed everything that was on the right up to the midline) and the second one goes from front to back right on the midline (so touching the right and left sides) near the top of the head.
The cancer agency will contact us once they have received the biopsy results and then we will proceed with treatment from them.
Mike's staples will be removed by a family doctor sometime this week.
So for now Mike will rest here at home. He has still only been able to stomach yogurt but this morning he added some granola! We will enjoy the sunny weather and wait for the next phase.
Lots of people have been asking how Mike is doing - you can see from the first picture (taken at save-on when I went to get him gravol - I came back and couldn't find him cause he had blended in so well) that Mike has not lost his humour. We have been covered in love and support. I truly hope we can do the same for any of you if you are ever in need!
we tried to send a personal thank you to all of you through this site but it looks like it links back through facebook, which I don't totally trust. Please know that we have seen every donation and it has made our hearts swell. Thank you so much!
Mike and Ida