Katherine has asked me to write this latest blogpost on the outcome of her brain surgery. My name is Katina Michael.
Katherine's brain surgery was conducted to remove two brain tumours:
(1) right side (1.5" x 1"); and
(2) left side (0.5" x 0.5").
The neurosurgeon got to the tumours that were located on the parietal lobe via the occipital lobe. The right side tumor was especially causing pressure on the brain. If the tumors had not been removed urgently, there is a chance that Katherine would have gone into a coma. The tumors were the cause of her recent nausea, vomiting, dizziness, poor typing, and instability.
The stitches shown here post surgery, on the back of Katherine's head, will come out in 2 weeks. They only shaved the back of her head in this narrow strip, so she gets to keep her hair. The titanium screws she required to re-fuse her skull will remain but will not be visible.
The pathology results are due in 10 days from now. The tumors might be:
(1) benign; or
(2) a primary brain cancer; or
(3) as a result of Katherine's breast cancer (meaning brain metastases).
* We should all be praying that the tumors are benign. Please note, the tumors were not as a result of Katherine's fall. While she may have developed a small hematoma from that fall, it was an unrelated event.
** In addition Katherine says that the tetra-thio-molybdate (TM) she has received experimentally through Weill Cornell Breast Center in Manhattan to reduce her copper levels is a drug that does not pass the blood-brain barrier, so while it has effectively kept the rest of her body safe, it may not have prevented these brain tumors.
Importantly, Katherine emphasizes that all her PET and CAT scans of her lungs, liver and bones have come up clear of any cancer. This is wonderful news!
Katherine's surgery lasted 11 hours. She will likely undergo some type of radiotherapy in the coming weeks to sterilize the area where the tumors were found. Praise God she is recovering well and even attended church today, though she is not to return to work for at least another week or two. Your prayers and comments here are a true encouragement to Katherine. Thank you and bless you all.