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Had a left side retrosigmoid craniotomy at Inova Fairfax to remove my 2x2x2 tumor on 12/21/18, just under a month after initial diagnosis, and today 12/27/18 I came home. By far Inova is the best hospital I have ever been in, and even though I spent Christmas there, I was surrounded by my family who loved and supported me. Somehow that alone made it the best Christmas ever. It's good to be home, now we work on getting my face to work again and just healing properly.
September 11 I started my 5th straight year playing hockey. 1992 Translab, 2007 Translab (regrowth), 2011 Gamma which just had my 8 year check up and no growth. My celebration is for all those who may not see the light at the end of the tunnel. Whether its post op, pre op, family, friends, whomever, you don't have to stop living life. I celebrate for all AN Warriors.
I was 32 years old when my 2.5 cm tumor was removed. And that was 32 years ago! So I have now spent as much of my life AFTER the surgery as I had BEFORE the surgery. My first thought upon hearing the diagnosis was, "Why haven't I had children yet?" My son is now 28 years old and knows instinctively to always walk on my right side where I can hear him best. I have had a long and successful business career and people around me just know that I will tell everyone where to sit at a table so I can hear them.