Update on Laurie

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:

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Alex – Laurie’s Husband

Prayer – Update

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.

Alex

A Prayer

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)

From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Perfect Potato Pancakes

I don’t know about you but I love love love potato pancakes!! With Grandma’s homemade catsup is the best! I apologize for not locating the recipe for the catsup. I could eat these each and every day! Yummy!

PERFECT POTATO PANCAKES

4 large potatoes (about 3 pounds)

2 eggs

1/2 cup finely diced onion

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Salad oil

Maple syrup or applesauce

Peel and shred potatoes; place in a bowl of cold water. Line a colander with cheese cloth or a clean thin dish towel. Drain potatoes into cloth and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Place potatoes in mixing bowl. Beat eggs; add potatoes along with onion, flour, salt and pepper. Mix well. Heat 1/3 cup salad oil in a skillet until hot. Drop potato mixture 1/4 cup at a time into hot oil, about 3″ apart. Flatten with pancake turner to make a 4″ pancake. Cook pancakes until golden brown, turn and cook other side, about 4 minutes total. Remove to a cookie sheet lined with paper towel to drain. Repeat until all pancakes are cooked. Serve immediately or place in a warm oven until ready to serve. Top with maple syrup or applesauce.

Yield: about 16 pancakes

I like how this recipe says to put pancakes on a towel to drain. That’s funny. We usually ate them straight from the pan. 🙂 This recipe came from a magazine called Reminisce. 

Here is another potato pancake recipe that was my great-grandmother’s.

POTATO PANCAKES

Grated potatoes (raw)

1 egg for 3 potatoes

Add salt and fry in lard or oil.

There is no flour, no onions, no milk.

Heat oil or lard and fry as you wish.

Have a blessed day!

Laurie Jackson

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