This is Laurie’s husband Alex.
It is with a very heavy heart that I must say that Laurie has lost her battle with her brain cancer. At 4:30 am on Mar 14, 2017 Laurie passed away. She fought hard for 8 months (to the day) and suffered much. She is at peace now.
First I would like to apologize for taking so long to post an update. It has been a week and a a half since Laurie’s surgery and I have been by her side the whole time.
The pathology report came back and it was as suspected. Laurie does have cancer. The tumor was a high grade glioma multiforme blastoma. It is the most aggressive of the primary brain tumors. The surgeon told us it will come back, the oncologist told us that treatment will eventually stop working. How much time we have it not known at this time. She will be seeing a neuro oncologist on Aug 8th at the Siteman Cancer Center in St Louis, MO. The doctor specializes in this type of tumor.
The tumor affected Laurie’s right side (causing weakness and some loss of direction from her brain to arm and leg). It also affected her speech and language area. She has aphasia (difficulty in finding her words and getting them out) – both spoken and written (texting and typing included). She has been at a rehabilitation hospital since last Wed night. She gets physical, occupational, and speech therapy. She is making amazing progress. I have no idea if she will ever be able to blog again, but I know she will try her hardest to. She loves to write and she loves this blog.
Below are some pictures of Laurie’s journey so far:
Alex – Laurie’s Husband
Laurie made it through the surgery without any complications. They removed a tumor just bigger then a golf ball. She had a good night. She has been talking, eating jello, laughing and crying. Her speech is still affected and will probably need therapy. The right side weakness showed some improvement then slid back a bit. She is still trying to sleep off the anesthesia.
We could possibly have the pathology report today. She has a long road to recovery but she is a fighter and will make it through this.
This is Laurie’s husband. I am writing this because Laurie is in the hospital and will be having brain surgery tomorrow (Thursday July 14th). On Monday a CT found a 3 cm mass on the left side of her brain. Over the last 2 weeks it has been affecting her speech, ability to text, write, type, and spell. It is considered an aggressive tumor because of how fast the symptoms have progressed. Yesterday weakness on the right side of her mouth showed up and has moved to her arm today.
She is a talented writer and this is devastating for her. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. We don’t know yet what type of tumor it is or what other treatments will be needed. We won’t know this until the tumor is biopsied tomorrow.
I will update this when I know more.
Thank you everyone
Alex Jackson (Laurie’s husband)
Once again we have the opportunity to write for ten minutes about anything. I like these kinds of blogs.
The other day (Monday) I went to the dentist. Now, even though I am an adult, I am still skittish going to have my teeth checked. Monday was my third time with having this particular tooth checked. This appointment was for finally getting rid of this tooth. I have wanted to save this tooth. I couldn’t afford to get a root canal done. So, I finally agreed to just get the tooth pulled. After having an x-ray done, I found out there was an infection at the end of the root of the tooth. Now, I am on an antibiotic.
I’m still trying to get used to the gaping hole in my mouth. I am learning to chew on the other side of my mouth, too. I have become the slowest eater ever. 🙂
Why am I scared of dentists? When I was younger, I watched my older brother come out of the dentist office in tears. Since then, I have been nervous to go. I do have to admit, my experiences with dentists have improved greatly. The dentist I went to on Monday was exceptional! I had a reaction to the freezing he used on my mouth. I felt ill. Anyway, his assistant took amazing care of me.
Hope your day is filled with sunshine!
Laurie Jackson 🙂
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