My dad has been diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumour. He is having surgery tomorrow to have it removed.
For about six months now, he has had troubles with his right leg. It started off as a pins and needles sensation, but progressively got worse - his knee now literally gives in sometimes when he walks, and the pins and needles are so bad that he has no sensation in that leg at all anymore.
Since October last year, he has been to two neurologists and an orthopaedic surgeon, and nobody could find the cause of this, even after having MRI scans of his leg done.
Finally, last week, seeing the fourth specialist doctor, who did an MRI scan of my dad's back and head, the problem was found. A meningioma brain tumour, measuring 50 x 50 x 55mm - the size of a tennis ball!! Read up a bit more about it here.
He has to book in at hospital this afternoon, and surgery is scheduled for 11am tomorrow morning. It's going to be a six-hour surgery. He will then be in ICU for 2-3 days, then in a normal ward for a further couple of days.
The doctor had to outline all the scary risks of this major operation, but he sounds positive that he will be able to remove the whole tumour.
My dad has been sounding all right, I think keeping his fears to himself... My mom has been quite emotional, she said this morning she feels a big pain in her heart. I can understand that. We're all doing our best to be positive and be strong and give as much support as we can. I'm glad the operation is being done here, so that me, my sister and my brother are all nearby.
I believe, in my heart, that this operation is going to be successful, the recovery will be slow but good, and that my dad is going to be 100% again very soon.
Please keep your hand over my dad, now, as he prepares for surgery, tomorrow, while the operation is done, and all the while during recovery. Grant him peace in his heart. Please keep the doctor's hand steady. Please give my mom peace in her heart. Grant us all strength, acceptance and positivity.