**I sent this email out tonight. Maybe you got it, maybe you didn’t. Either way, if you read it, we love you. Mucho, mucho.**
Aaron had his monthly MRI yesterday and there was a change from what they showed a month ago.
For the past three years, Aaron’s been fighting a tumor in the front of his right brain. We took it out (by we I mean a very skilled surgeon, but I didremove a staple), did chemo and radiation. It came back. Took it out again, and it recently came back in smaller ways, in more places.
All of this action has been on the right side of his brain, in the frontal lobe.
This is significant because the front of our brain is basically the same on both lobes. It takes care of our memory, personality, and what makes us, us. If one side is damaged (like Aaron’s), it’s not the biggest deal, the other side can just keep things moving along.
There’s a part of the brain that connects both lobes called the something-I-can’t-remember. It’s a big bundle of nerves that passes messages back and forth.
Why this is important:
During the last month, while Aaron was taking chemo pills every single day, while he went to the hospital for treatment and did everything he was told to do, when he was told to do it, the cancer cells made a move for the left lobe, through this little nerve highway.
If it moves too far, that’s bad news for who Aaron is and for his quality of life.
What we’re gonna do:
His option now is to stop the current treatment (more pills than I can count, plus that monthly stay in the hospital) and go back to what he did in 2011: taking chemo pills at home, and doing 5 weeks of radiation, starting next week.
We’ve been here before, and we know what to do: we set up a Google document and all of our friends and family sign up for days to take him to the hospital. If you’re interested in seeing that, let me know. You must relinquish all control of the radio while Aaron is in your car.
How you can help:
Your mission is to join us in the present moment and not fret too much about a future that we cannot control.
Today, the sun is shining. The world is spinning. Aaron has a new shirt from J.Crew and we’re a part of a big, loving family that includes all of you (and lots of people that I forgot to put on this email, please don’t be offended).
Aaron, Nora and Ralph