Mick was having headaches every day for about three weeks and the Tylenol was not taking the headaches away. We were traveling to Elk River, Minnesota for Thanksgiving in November of 2007. As we were traveling, I noticed Mick was going over the rumble strips on the side of the road. That is NOT normal for Mick’s driving so I took over the driving. Mick went to the hospital the following Monday.
They ordered an MRI and the doctor personally came over to our house to tell us the news. Mick had what appeared to be a brain tumor the size of a golf ball and he needed to see a neurologist that week in Fargo. The neurologist put him on a steroid for the weekend so his swelling would go down for surgery on Monday, December 3, 2007. They did a biopsy and told us that it was stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) cancer. They gave him 12-14 months. The treatments started in January of 2008. Mick had radiation everyday for the first six weeks. Then we started various chemotherapy treatments that lasted for about one year before the doctors would see any progression.
In February 2011, Fargo transferred us to Mayo in Rochester, MN for further treatment. Mayo did another round of radiation in June 2011 to target specific tumor growth. In January 2012, we were told that Mayo didn’t have any more treatments and to go home and get hospice. Mick had lost use of his left leg at the time of his last appointment in January. Mick has been bed ridden since January and has lost the use of his entire left side.