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2018-10-06 09:24:00 UTC 2018-10-06 09:24 UTC

josh:  I got back home from MD Anderson yesterday, and I'm going to spend the next few weeks chilling, healing up, and getting down off the steroids. I've got about 95 staples in my head - pretty gruesome looking, but wow, what a job that was putting me back together.

I got pretty much a full hair buzz-cut to have while I heal up.

I'm unbelievably fortunate to get to MD Anderson and get such an amazing treatment. My family, friends, neighbors, church members, my young daughter's school families, and even people I don't know have been incredibly supportive.

The doctors will take some time to do a full analysis of the tumor that the surgeon got out -- he mentioned that it looked like glioblastoma (or perhaps a mix between that grade 4 version and a somewhat lighter-weight grade 3 version), which is not a great thing to have. But he got the tumor out, which would set the rest of it on its heals for a while, putting me in a good position to be ready for its next move. I'll post more details about what it is specifically when I get the information - MD Anderson, my surgeon, and the other doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who have been working with me are simply amazing.

I'm pretty sure I'm speaking out of the right side of my brain for now until the stronger left language processing side can get back to normal function as the cutting heals up and the steroids drop down to nothing - looking forward to that. For now it feels like I'm back in high school when I read and write - haha.

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2018-10-4 14:43:59 UTC 2018-10-04 14:43 UTC

josh:  Update - I'm still in intensive care at MD Anderson, but that's only because the normal floor is too crowded. I might go home soon straight from ICU, because I'm doing a lot better.

Reading is getting harder, but I think that's because of the heavy steroids that have me on to cut down on the dwelling where they cut out the tumor.

But just now someone was talking to me while I was typing, and there are a bunch of people talking outside my room, and on announcement speakers. Last week that would have knocked me out, but right now it has no effect. **Major** improved!

I also got a drain removed from my skull this morning - awesome! I might be able to go home soon.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers and helpful thoughts. Everything is working!

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2018-10-3 19:16:42 UTC 2018-10-03 19:16 UTC

josh:  They'll be analyzing what the removed is over the next couple of days. They believed it's high grade glioma. Bluh.

It looks like they got 100% of the tumor, which is amazing, but unfortunately doesn't mean 100% of the cancer, because it spreads out a lot.

Over the next couple of days, their analysis will drill down to something more specific, and I will post an update.

Typing and talking is tough but doable - it did not expected that. Amazing surgery, and I was awake for much of it - wild. Help them make sure they were cutting places that would minimize the impact on my function. I will definitely have some challenges during recovery (I expect thing will get worse, then better) and further challenges dealing with the remained cancer, but so far, so (almost unbelievably) good!

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2018-10-3 15:36:16 UTC 2018-10-03 15:36 UTC

josh:  I'm back! Kind of wiped out. I'm in intensive care right now, but moving to a regular room soon.

I highly doubted I would be able to post this soon. Awesome.

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2018-10-2 18:52:51 UTC 2018-10-02 18:52 UTC

jane:  Josh is out of surgery and in recovery. Getting ready to meet with his surgeon.

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