Photo by Bob's daughter Renne
We can now officially confirm the sad news.
A website has opened to keep people informed of his progress, and for those that wish, to send messages of support and sympathy.
From that site, Bob and Ileana say the following:-
"As many of you know by now I am currently bed ridden with a brain tumor. My condition changes from day to day. Ileana and I want to answer your questions about my condition. Ileana will be using this web site to update everyone."
Bob first noticed something wrong with his arm in late March. By the end of a lovely trip to Alaska, it was bad enough to check in with his doctor. The MRI showed the tumor on April 28th.
Bob went for a second opinion at Duke on May 10th and was told that it was inoperable because of the location in the motor strip ('the eloquent area of the brain'). On May 16th he had a biopsy at Duke. He started to lose leg function a few days later. By the May 27th he could no longer use his left leg. It turned out that this was because of a bleed in the tumor. It is our hope that as the bleed resorbs function will return.
Bob's tumor is a glioblastoma multiforme or GBM for short. We are lucky his children have helped us find resources by and about people with this kind of tumor. We are working with a nutritionist, Dr. Jean Wallace, who specializes in brain tumors, and feel very fortunate to have made this connection. "
Our heartfelt best wishes go out to the good Doctor Bob and all who sail with him. We hope for a speedy recovery, and look forward to meeting him again on the show floor.
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