At this point it had been 3 weeks since my first MRI. In hindsight I probably should have pushed harder to get in sooner, but I don’t think the gravity of the situation had fully sunk in yet.
March 19, 2012 was my first meeting with Dr. Mark Smith from Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates. He reviewed the MRI results, and recommended I have surgery to remove the tumor. He said he did quite a few of these a year (I think the number was over 50) and said that my tumor would be relatively easy to remove. He turned out to be right, he did an excellent job. I’ve had the post MRI images reviewed by Doctors and MD Anderson, Duke, and Wake Forest. They all said the surgery went extremely well.
He also scheduled another MRI for the same day to see how much the tumor had changed in the past 3 weeks.