Tuesday, January 17, 2006

In the beginning ...

During the summer of 1999, Marie had a seizure while on a Church Mission Trip to Miami, Florida. She was taken to Mercy Hospital and given a battery of tests. The MRI indicated evidence of a left parietal frontal lesion. A wait-and-see approach was recommended by my doctor. MRIs were done every 6-12 months.

In 2001, the MRI indicated some growth and Dr. Tamargo recommended a biopsy of the lesion. The biopsy indicated she had a low grade astrocytoma lesion. Dr. Tamargo recommended monitoring the lesion via MRIs.

For the next 4½ years, she did not have any problems except for one seizure when her Dilantin level was too low.

She switched from Dilantin to Lamictal 100 MG twice a day about 8 months ago.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, she suffered two seizures. Her Lamictal levels were good. Dr. Gold raised her dosage to 150 MG twice a day and scheduled another MRI. The MRI indicated some growth and some enhancement. After reviewing the MRI and in agreement with Johns Hopkins Oncology, Dr. Tamargo recommends starting radiation therapy.


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