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,