Many of you may know him from his social media presence. He made this announcement today:
As you are aware, a one day trip to the Mayo Clinic this week has turned into a four day trip. I want to begin by saying I have so much gratitude in my heart for the wonderful medical professionals I’ve been able to work with through this entire process…such a great blessing in our country, and the Mayo Clinic is certainly a bright spot in our world. My family doctor, Dr. Keith Landry has been wonderful, as well as my cardiologist, a Roncalli dad, Dr. Michael Barron. I have a nurse, Lauren Alcorn, that has been such a kind help through all that has come up these past 12 months. That care has continued here at Mayo. Each person has played a key role in this process, and I am very thankful and amazed by the state of medicine in the US in 2020.
While the MRI that I had at St. Francis in December was thought to reveal a stroke, a second MRI that I had here at the Mayo Clinic showed that the affected area of my brain had not changed hardly at all over the last two months. My Mayo Clinic doctors have said that a stroke would have already started to heal significantly in those two months, so they were able to say definitively that what I have is a brain tumor.
That certainly is a serous diagnosis, but I actually feel very blessed by the path that they have laid out for me, and the prognosis is very good. The path involves the removal of the tumor and then possible radiation and chemotherapy to make sure that any remaining cells are taken care of. Both the radiation and Chemotherapy that I would potentially do are not the severe forms that certain cancers call for, so I’m very thankful for that.
Read more about the prognosis and treatment at his blog On This Rock. And please remember him in your prayers.
May Our Lady of Lourdes intercede for him and bring him strength, hope and healing.