When we found out Raymond had cancer, the doctor told us that he had it on his lymph nodes in his left lung, there was a small spot on his liver and a spot in his brain. A week after Ray’s first chemo, we were scheduled for gamma knife radiation on his brain because chemo can’t get through the skull. We were both feeling nervous and scared about the procedure.
There were 2 small spots in Raymond’s brain and a couple of suspicious spots that were radiated three months ago. They did a procedure called gamma knife radiation. The gamma knife is very precise. It entailed getting a halo screwed into his skull. First he had an MRI as they placed the halo on. When he came out of the MRI and I saw the halo, he looked as if his head was turned into “robo-man!” We had to wait for the team of neurosurgeons, radiologists and neuroscientists who met to come up with the plan on where and how to radiate the brain. While we were waiting, I fed Ray a few snacks, maneuvering around the metal head gear he had on. After the scientists and doctors got together to discuss their plan, (which took another hour), the radiation began. They placed a colander type bowl over his head/halo and pin pointed specific spots to radiate. This process took two hours. Those 2 small spots in his brain and a couple of suspicious spots were radiated; 57 minutes of actual radiation, another hour of changing colanders and position of the radiation. I waited for what seemed an eternity but finally, he got the halo removed and we walked out of there. What an process!
Yesterday we went to see the neurosurgeon to get the results of Raymond’s MRI on his brain. It was good news, the tumors in his brain are shrinking! Dr. Mattel told us that he expected the tumors to keep shrinking and we are scheduled for another MRI in July.
This is good news indeed and we are hopeful that the cancer in his brain is gone for ever.
Hope is a true blessing. Please keep hope in your heart for Raymond and keep praying for a miracle. My hope is that he feels well enough soon to take a little camping trip, or simply go fishing off the river walk in Algonac. I am not going to focus on how weak he feels, I am hopeful that he will get stronger by the day! And so it is.