This was the email sent to many family members and friends updating everyone what was going on:
Family and Friends,
I wanted to provide everyone with an update on what has been transpiring with the Coulson family. Lori has been handling most of the communication, but she finally hit the wall today. Even though I’m the one in the middle of the storm, I know that it’s time for me to take over from her and to own the message going forward.
To get directly to the point, I have been diagnosed with a rare, cancerous brain tumor known as a glioma. As many of you are aware I have been in and out of the hospital over the past 10 days. We received the unfortunate news of the cancer diagnosis last night at Mission Viejo hospital after a final brain biopsy was performed by a neurosurgeon there.
For those of you that haven’t been aware of what’s been happening, the following is the background:
– I had been experiencing numbness and tingling in my left foot and hand over a 4-6 week period which I had self-diagnosed as plantar fasciitis in my foot and a pinched nerve in my elbow
– After continued left sided issues and additional symptoms my wife (the nurse pre-kids) took me to a doctor on 11/5, then straight to the ER in Mission Viejo on 11/6
– During the next two days I was put through a variety of tests, one of which detected a mass in my brain
– After escaping briefly to see the San Clemente vs. St. John Bosco game on Friday night, I was back in the ER on Sunday, where I’ve been until getting released earlier today
– As I’ve learned over the past week the hope with brain tumors is that they originate from somewhere else in the body, which is why I had been getting additional tests on my abdomen, lungs and heart
– I had gotten a report on Wed that showed evidence of a prior infection in my lungs (which was promising news) but we ultimately received the bad news from the brain biopsy last night that overruled infection
Obviously the news has hit the family hard, but our faith is strong and we have an incredible group of family and friends supporting us. I will be forever grateful to everyone that has already provided such amazing support to Lori, Aidan and the triplets. And the support is not just from our new home San Clemente, but from friends and family in Seattle, Oregon, NYC and around the country.
We are big believers in the power of prayer, so please keep them coming. I have a long road ahead with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but I face it unafraid being firmly rooted in my faith in Jesus Christ. And while I believe that ultimately this life is just preparation for the next I can assure you that I will “attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind” for every minute that I get to spend with Lori, Aidan, Courtney, Lindsay, Brady and my other friends and family.
I believe completely that good things can come out of bad situations and have been overwhelmed to see God’s plan already unfolding in many, many ways. My web master (Lindsay Coulson) is hard at work setting up thecoulsonclan.com website and I look forward to sharing additional updates and stories in the days and weeks to come.