It Can Happen To You!

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Primary Brain Tumor as illustrated by the National Institute of Health

Primary Brain Tumor as illustrated by the National Institute of Health

I got a THE call last night from my mom.  My brother is officially in bad health.  He’s in Japan right now for vacation, visiting his wife’s family.  Apparently he had a seizure while riding in the car near Nagoya, Japan and after being taken to the hospital a CT scan shows a 2.5” tumor in the brain.  Since he’s a US citizen, and employed in the US, he doesn’t have any health insurance in Japan.  Doctors gave him anti-seizure pills and sent him back (in Japan) for now.

In the meantime, we are trying to get him flights back to Seattle and I’ve placed calls to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to discuss anything we can do to help him before he gets back in the country.

The last email I received said that his diaphragm was damaged during the seizure, and my mom mentioned that can’t get out of bed, his muscles are all messed up and he’s in pain.

Update:  Email from my mom says he’s arriving in Seattle from Nagoya, Japan at 6:45am on Christmas day.  I’ll chat with the case nurse at SCCA tomorrow to see what’s next.

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