UCLA Update

UCLA Update


Lori and I just got back from our trip to UCLA a few hours ago and I wanted to provide everyone with a quick update.

Before I do, I first wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone that has been reaching out to provide love, prayers and support for my family during this time.  It’s been absolutely overwhelming.

As many of you are aware we had a meeting today with Dr. Linda Liau, who is the head of neurosurgery at UCLA. The bottom line is that we love her and have made a decision to move forward with her as my surgeon.

Dr. Liau comes highly recommended by Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, who is the head of neurosurgery at Seattle Children’s, UWMC and Harborview Hospital (and the person that performed brain surgery on our son Brady 10 years ago).   Lori and I (with a lot of your assistance) have been doing research on Dr. Liau since getting the diagnosis and we are very confident in her abilities. The facilities at UCLA are world class and we were extremely impressed with everyone that we met there.  The technology is amazing, which of course I was geeked out on.  More details to come on 3D modeling, virtual reality and my very own tumor avatar. And UCLA is also local, which was important to me so I can be close to my kids.

Good news #1: We have our surgeon.

Good news #2: We have our surgery date.  I will be having the surgery (specifically the right parietal craniotomy with tumor resection) on Tuesday, Nov 27th at 1pm.  Please mark your calendars and spread the word.  I will gladly accept any and all prayers on that day.

Good news #3: We have a plan. Three days after the surgery, I should be able to come home, where I will be recuperating through the holidays. In early January I will kick off 6 weeks of cancer treatment (both chemotherapy and radiation). If all goes well by early March I will have completed the trifecta/1-2-3 punch of surgery, chemo and radiation.

God, family and friends will provide me all the strength I need.  I have no fear. Chin up, chest out, smile on my face.  There is cancer to beat and souls to win.  Let’s go!

Thank you very much to everyone who helped us assemble the list of questions for today’s meeting. It gave me peace knowing that we had all of the most important questions ready going into the appointment.   Dr Liau was impressed with our level of preparation and research.  We owe it all to our smart and well-connected group of friends who were willing to jump in and help us.

The miracles and God moments from this week are too many to list in a single blog post. I’m capturing them though and I can’t wait to share the stories with you.

With much love from the Coulson Clan,



  • The Woodward gang

    That was an amazing update! Thanks for keeping us so up to date so quickly. My calendar has been marked but know you are in our prayers everyday!! Ps. Outstanding web page!! 🙏🙏🙏❤❤❤❤

  • Carol Lamendola

    Michael, you are a force to be reckoned with. Keep up that fighting spirit and they won’t know what hit them. I’m so proud of you and watching you face the challenges ahead. With your strength and faith you’ll show them how it’s done. Love you Michael. (Your favorite Aunt)🤪🤪

  • Jennifer Sofie

    For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭8‬:‭7-9‬ NIV)

    So many prayers going up from Montana. May you continue to experience the love God has for each of you! Love the Sofie’s

  • Kali

    Michael, I’m so glad you had such a great appointment today. What a blessing to find a surgeon so close that you trust. Thank you for sharing the updates on this site. Special thanks to Lindsey for creating this resource for us all to stay in touch. Love you and the rest of the clan.

  • Donna Coulson

    My sweet , smart and capable granddaughter Lindsay has done a great job creating this blog. I am so proud of my son and his family, their strong faith and love for each other.

  • Stephen Jackson

    Michael and the Coulson Gang,
    That is great news that you found the surgeon and he just happens to work at the greatest school in the world! Lol. I’m a bit biased. The Jackson’s are all praying for you.
    We love you all.
    Steve and Lily

  • John and Cindy Curran

    Hi Michael,
    Just want you to know the Curran family is praying for you and sending positive thoughts your way. You are very special to Ryan and he saying extra prayers for you. Please, Kick Cancer’s Butt!!! Sending much Love. ❤️❤️

  • Kari Sand

    This is good news indeed!!! We will be praying hard on 11/27 guaranteed! Happy to hear Dr. Liau and UCLA are top notch. Stay strong, warriors! You have an entire prayer army behind you!! ✨🙏🏻✨🙌🏻💫 Way to fight on, Coulson Clan! And, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!🦃😋
    ❤️ The Sand Clan ❤️

  • Domenic (Fighting Irish)

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family each day. Your faith in God and positive attitude is impressive. Wishing you a successful surgery and effective follow up treatment. Take care. WSPS!

  • Bahyya Herbes

    Sweet Coulsons, I’m so pleased to hear your are confident moving forward with your treatment plan. If there is anything I can do to help you make connections or get 2nd opinions regarding radiation, I’m here. Sending you all love and light today and everyday!


  • Carlos Cortez

    Awesome news Muggo! Prayers coming your way from Dallas! If you can pancake me at numerous Lions and EKHS practices you can beat this cancer thing too! Keep the faith brother!

  • Pam & John Fredrick

    Michael & the entire Coulson Clan: Your strength and faith are so inspiring to us- you have been in our thoughts and prayers! We will continue to think positive and pray. Love to you all! ❤️

  • Kristin Lamendola

    Your faith continues to not only inspire but to buoy the spirit in all of us. Thank you for your generosity and for sharing your story. Love you

  • The Mackleits

    Fantastic plan (and website!)! Great to hear all the progress already and no doubt you guys will beat this! All our thoughts and prayers from the north will be coming your way and we look forward to the next update. Take care to all of you and enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday!

  • Jim and Sheri

    Wow! The Coulson s are amazing. We will be praying and thanking God for all He is doing. The dates are marked and needs identified.. We look forward to good news..
    Great job Lindsay.

  • Estep Family

    Coulson Clan website rocks! Appreciate the updates and enjoy the positive and heartfelt comments. The Esteps will be thinking of you everyday with extra prayers on 11/27. Go Blue!

  • The Keyser Family

    Michael, Lori and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers today and every day going forward. Thank you for the updates.

    “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”- Proverbs 15:22

    Sounds like you have good doctors, many friends and family helping you; including us. Take care!
    -Greg, Judy, Heather, Harrison and Holly

  • dan schwartz

    God answers prayers. We are praying ceasingly for your swift and complete recovery my friend. Let us know if we can help with anything. The Schwartz Family

  • Jessica Olympia

    Good luck, Michael! You got this, and we’re all here for any help your family needs. Will be praying for you. TRUST THE PROCESS. <3

  • David Streams

    Thanks for sharing the news Michael and great job on the website Lindsay! The prayers from Issaquah will continue to flow and now include Dr. Liau for a successful surgery on the 27th.

  • Bobby Moore

    Praying for you and your family and hopefully you’ll also get to watch Wolverines beat up on Buckeyes! But one step at a time right? 🙂

  • Liz Momberger Egan

    You and your family are truly amazing! The faith & love you all share, will definitely take you through this challenge, coming out victorious!
    You’re all in my prayers!

  • Andrea Durbin

    Michael- the Durbin’s in Seattle will be praying for you on Nov. 27th. Continue to stay strong through this journey and beat this cancer! Hugs to you and your amazing family.

  • Jamie McCabe


    The McCabe clan is very proud of you and your family. You have an army of people that love you guys and will be there for you. Great job Lindsey and keep the updates coming. We have a room with your name on it when you are up our way.


  • Andreea Dirpes

    Michael, I have been praying for you and your upcoming surgery ever since I talked to Lori. I will continue to pray for you and your family 🙏🏻

  • Johanna Phelan

    Dear Coulson’s Family! We will faithfully pray for you and for the Lord to guide the hands of your surgeon. For the medical team that will be caring for you and for strength for Lori and your family! We are praying from PA that God guide your steps and for divine healing from the Great Physician, Jesus.

  • Rhonda

    To our Superman, Michael and his loving family we pray for this journey to get you over the bumps smoothly and with Gods Blessings🙏

  • Mark Shedd

    Michael, over the last year, you and I have had an amazing opportunity to try the startup lifestyle with all of its ups and downs. We’ve worked together before, but I’ve learned to respect and admire you in so many new ways since the start of the year.
    No matter what was thrown at us, you were always the steady rock, doing amazing work no matter where the chips were, always with your positive energy and broad perspective.
    I know you’ll bring the same determination and positive energy to this situation as well, and that it’s only a matter of time before you are strong and healthy again.
    It’s so good to see your family, friends, and community coming together and supporting you. It’s a great testament to how much you’ve positively impacted others around you and points to the bonds you share that will help keep your spirit alive and well no matter what happens.

    Get well soon. Annabelle and I are here to help you and Laurie in anyway we can, even if it’s just delivering a home cooked family meal to help you guys get through the busy days. I realize I may be committing myself to 500 pounds of groceries the way Aiden puts it away, 😉 but please… we are here and want to help.

    Take care buddy. We’re keeping our fingers crossed during your treatment.

    All our prayers,

    Mark & Annabelle

  • Meg Cheff Kartz

    Will be praying for you and your family Mike! Your attitude and faith are unbelievable and I love it!! It absolutely blows me away! All the best to you and your family!

  • Reza

    Coulson’s Family

    Amazing update and we love to hear good news everyday.

    My family and I are here for you and we will be praying for you through these days.
    As far as I remember, You were a fighter and I am pretty confident that you are going to overcome this obstacle successfully as well.
    Your treatment plan was laid out very similar to your marketing project plan! concise and amazon.

    With love and prayers
    Ellie and Reza

    “When it rains, look for rainbows When it’s dark, look for stars. “

  • Steve Kulczyk

    Mike you are truly special! Your Strength and Love for the Lord is an inspiration to all of us! Fight On; for the Lord is Always with you! And with him; “All Things Are Possible”! You and your Family are in my prayers!

  • Mike O’Malley

    Mike—we are praying for you. I know you’re not far from home when in LA but if you need respite while you are in between appointments, please come hang out with us.
    Mike O’ Malley

  • Peggy Miller

    Michael, Lori and family. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Lori keep strong and miracles do happen. Our dear Lord is with you. Lots of Love and Prayers. We Love you….

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