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Update posted by Kim Weinreb On Jun 28, 2016

The oncologist told us that his cancer is incurable but treatable. Even if they had removed the entire tumor it wouldn't have mattered because he has cancer cells all throughout his brain. They are STILL waiting to find out the very specific marker of the cancer to give us his treatment plan. It looks like we will be fighting incurable diseases together for the rest of our lives. The word incurable is scary but we are confident that we can manage it. They have given is no "timeline" or "odds" so we are just trying to live as presently as possible. We were told that chemo and radiation have come a long way and that is a glimmer of good news that we are holding on to. Robert still remains upbeat and positive. This picture was taken hours before I told him about my diabetes. Thank you all for your love, prayers and support. We feel them.

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Update posted by Kim Weinreb On Jun 21, 2016

Yesterday morning (Friday, June 17th) Robert had an appointment to remove his staples and there we were told that his tumor is cancerous. We also learned that about 65% of the tumor still remains. We need to meet with an oncologist and find out the next step in his care. We don't know much more than that but the neurosurgeon did say that he suspects the tumor has been growing for a while (5 years or so) meaning he doesn't think it is very aggressive. It was a tough morning, as you can imagine, so we decided to go to the Atlanta Temple and remind ourselves of the promises we made to each other and our Heavenly Father when we got married. We felt so much peace, comfort, love for the Lord and for each other as we worshiped. Robert has been a complete rock star through this whole ordeal. I have stood back in awe of how he has taken everything in stride and has complete, unwavering faith that he is in the Lord's hands. He constantly reminds me of the many miracles we have been blessed with this past month.

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Update posted by Kim Weinreb On Jun 07, 2016

Robert is home from the hospital and gaining some of his speech back. He will certainly need some intensive speech therapy. As they wait on results from the biopsy, please continue to pray for his healing & for Renae's strength to carry on as caretaker to both baby D and Robert. It takes a village and they are so grateful for your love and support.

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Update posted by Kim Weinreb On Jun 04, 2016

Hi all,

Robert had the drain removed from his skull so that means he's one step closer to going home. He will need intensive speech therapy but no PT so that is good news. No results from the MRI or the biopsy as of now. His speech is improving slowly but surely!

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Update posted by Kim Weinreb On Jun 02, 2016

They just wheeled Robert down for an MRI to see how much of the tumor is left in his brain. Recovery, so far, has been interesting to say the least. They warned me that his speech would have deficits but that was an understatement. His comprehension is normal, but he now only speaks in one to two word fragments and he struggles hard to find the word he wants. This has been the hardest part for Robert. He loves to talk and connect with people more than any man I know so to not be able to communicate his wants, needs and feelings has been a challenge. The brain is AMAZING. He is fluent in Spanish and yesterday he was way better at speaking Spanish than english. My brother and sister had to translate for me. He also was able to sing "How Great Thou Art" beautifully with no problems at all but then asking for a drink of water was a struggle. The doctor said that he should recover his speech and that this is pretty typical behavior. We are not sure how long it will take to get his speech back - it could be days, months, or a year. But the benchmark is that basically he will improve for a year, but after that whatever he has will be permanent. He will need to do speech therapy. So I'm going to go easy on him for a couple more hours but after that I'm going to make him figure it out. The doctor encouraged him to not get discouraged/frustrated when he reaches a wall, but to find away around the wall when searching for his words. The doctor said that this is the most frustrating of all brain injuries. There are compensations for physical limitations (use the other hand if one isn't working, walk with a limp but still mobile...) but there are no compensations for speech. So we are going it practice, practice, practice! I have been missing teaching and coaching so this is my opportunity to put some of those skills to use. Aaaand it turns out that I'm pretty competitive so I WILL NOT lose to a stupid little tumor. Crazy to think that I'll be teaching my husband and my son to speak in the same year!

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Update posted by Kim Weinreb On Jun 02, 2016

The surgery went great and he is speaking and singing and joking. Renae is visiting with him right now. We extend inexplicable gratitude for all the support and prayers! Robert has felt strengthened throughout this.

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