In Honor of Zachary Brown—Survivor!
January 13, 2006, during a flight to Jackson Hole, WY on what was supposed to be a wonderful vacation, our 19-year-old son suffered a grand mal seizure....the first seizure I had ever seen! There was a doctor on board,who started an IV, and he had the right meds to give him. This "Angel" had missed his earlier flight and ended up on our plane. We flew 2 1/2 more hours with Zachary on the floor. Ambulance and police were waiting for our plane to land, and they took Zachary, (and me)to the hospital. All the scans and tests came back normal.However, his doctor wanted to keep him overnight to observe, and do an EEG and MRI the next day. EEG was normal! He was diagnosed with a brain tumor the next evening after the reading of the MRI.
A friend called me in Jackson Hole, and told us to call Dr. Henry Friedman at Duke. I calledthe Brain Tumor Center the morning we returned home from our trip. The receptionist who took all of my info, said that the doctor would call me personally...I thought...right! I was talking to Henry Friedman within 45 minutes. WOW!! We went for other opinions in and around Atlanta before our first appointment at Duke in May.
During our consultation at the Brain Tumor Center, we knew we were at home! This was a place like no other!! We felt safe! They cared about Zachary, me, and our entire family. Zachary had surgery June 9, 2006, to remove a Grade II Astrocytoma. He is doing wonderful! Living life to the fullest. He has MRI's every 4 months now. Zachary continues to be tumor free!! Hallelujah!
at Duke...there is HOPE!
One More Day...
Denise, Zachary's Mom