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These pictures are from Travis’s second surgery done at Stanford.  We did not take any pictures of him after his first surgery.

Travis on the night before surgery.  Does it surprise you that he is still working? (7-12-2007)



Taken the night before his second surgery 7-12-2007

Taken just before he went into surgery. (7-13-2007)

The day of surgery

Travis’s first picture post surgery.  This was taken in the ICU. (7-13-2007)

ICU right after surgery 7-13-2007

Travis resting in ICU just a couple hours after his big surgery. (7-13-2007)

ICU right after surgery 7-13-2007

Travis almost smiling a few hours after his surgery. (7-13-2007)

ICU 7-13-2007

Travis’s left eye began to swell a few more hours after his surgery. (7-13-2007)

ICU 7-13-07

Travis’s last picture in the ICU.  (7-13-2007)

ICU 7-13-2007

Travis did so well he was moved to a regular room the first day after his surgery. (7-14-2007)

1st day post surgery 7-14-2007 (out of ICU)

Travis was eating regular food just one day after his surgery. (7-14-2007)

1st day post surgery 7-14-2007

A side view of the incision. (7-14-2007)

1st day post surgery 7-14-2007

Travis resting one day after his surgery. (7-14-2007)

Resting one day after surgery

You can’t keep Travis from working. One day after his surgery and he is up and working on his Treo. (7-14-2007)

the second day after his surgery

Two days after surgery and Travis was swelling a little more.  (7-15-2007)

More swollen two days after surgery

A close up of the swelling and his purple eye, two days after his surgery. (7-15-2007)

A close up of the swelling and Travis’s purple eye.

Up and walking two days after surgery (7-15-2007)

Standing up and walking around on 7-15-2007.

Travis walking around just two days after his surgery.

Just FOUR DAYS AFTER SURGERY, Travis is home and back to running his company. (7-17-2007)

Just four days after his surgery, Travis is home from the hospital and back to work (7-17-2007).

Lots of swelling FIVE days after surgery. (7-18-2007)

Lots of swelling five days after surgery. (7-18-2007)

One week after his surgery his left eye is changing color back to normal. (7-20-2007)

One week after his surgery his left eye is changing color back to normal. (7-20-2007)

NINE days after surgery the swelling is going down on the left side. (7-22-2007)

NINE days after surgery the swelling is going down. (7-22-2007)

NINE days after surgery looking at his incision site (7-22-07)

NINE days after surgery looking at his incision site. (7-22-2007)

TWELVE days after surgery Travis got his staples taken out. (7-25-07)

Travis got the staples taken out of his head (7-25-07)

THIRTEEN days after surgery Travis’s incision is healing. (7-26-07)

close up of the incision site

Travis resting after getting his IV. (11-07-2007)

Travis resting after getting his IV.

Travis getting ready to get his CT Scan.  He is wearing the custom made mask that will be used when he has his radiation treatment. (11-07-2007)

Travis getting ready for his CT Scan and wearing his custom mask that will be used for radiation.

I am still behind on uploading pictures but here is something current.

This is Travis 5 months post surgery.  You can see how his left eye is not perfect but he has had great progress.  (12-12-07)

5 months post surgery

Our wedding picture. (2-24-2007)






18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Juliet // Sep 12, 2007 at 08:32

    Trina, you are such an amazing person. I have learned so much from you . this is such a great site to get the word and lend support to those who may be going through the same things you and travis went through. I pray that God will bless you and him and that this site may be more than you expected.. =) lova ya… Jules…

  • 2 mrs.ladyking // Sep 12, 2007 at 20:07

    Thanks for being a great friend Juliet. People like you give us the strength to get through these trying times.

  • 3 Stefanie Evans // Oct 11, 2007 at 11:38

    I can’t possible even express what strong and special people you are.

    I truly have the utmost respect and awe for Travis, you and the beautiful lil’ one.

    With all my love and prayers

  • 4 Mitra // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:58

    YOU ARE AWESOME and so is he, you are so very lucky to have each other…… Positive healing energy all around you. I am so proud to know you…for the past 15 years!!

  • 5 Pictures // Nov 5, 2007 at 09:50

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  • 6 Teri Jenkins // Nov 12, 2007 at 11:20

    Not only did Trina marry a super strong guy……..
    He married a super smart chick!

  • 7 Rebecca // May 3, 2009 at 17:38

    I have to tell you I stumbled upon this website while looking for the race for hope website. I thought I was alone in the Trigeminal Schwannoma hell. Travis you are very inspiring. I have been going through treatment for two years now. Although I wasn’t a candidate for cyberknife I did have a crainiotomy and stereotactic radiation. Seeing the picture of you in the mask made my heart stop. All those days laying there were too much to remember. Thanks for being the one brave enough to put a voice behind the battle.Best of luck.

  • 8 Darrenj. Carr // Feb 8, 2010 at 10:12

    Wow! This amazes me. Enjoyed your site buddy. God was with u. Praying for u. I am from New Brunswick, Canada. Greatm site. I am encougaged.

  • 9 kameel // Mar 22, 2010 at 14:11

    Wow, congratulations Travis, you are really an inspiration!!!!!!

  • 10 mrs.ladyking // Apr 27, 2010 at 09:39

    Keep a positive attitude and fight as hard as you can. You will be make it and be stronger person from the experience.


  • 11 mrs.ladyking // Apr 27, 2010 at 09:42

    Anyone can be inspiring if they choose to inspire. You choose to live and you will live.


  • 12 Sean Heskew // Dec 17, 2010 at 09:16

    WTF!! I didn’t even know bro. I stumbled on this at work. How are you (if you read these)? I see your up and moving around. Good luck Brother.


  • 13 Amber // Jan 6, 2011 at 19:53

    I had surgery one month ago for a 3rd nerve schwannoma (occularmotor) (misdiagnosed as a skull base meningioma). It is great to see how well your eye recovered… I hope mine will go back to normal with time! Fortunately I had a supraorbital surgery so the scar is in my eyebrow and recovery was just about two weeks. I feel great but now am waiting for the next MRI, which I am worried about after reading about your regrowth…grrr. I hope all is well for your family and wish you a happy healthy 2011!

  • 14 mrs.ladyking // Jan 26, 2011 at 23:10

    Hi Amber,

    This is Travis and I’m happy to hear your surgery went well. Keep positive and always look for the good in everything. My wife stresses that to me constantly and her advice has given me the strength to continue my fight. My eye has recovered very well, however it is not as perfect as I would like. Don’t stress the regrowth so much, mine was caused by a faulty resection. I hope you also have a happy healthy 2011. If you need anything at all as far as information don’t hesitate to ask.

  • 15 Melissa // Sep 3, 2011 at 09:02

    My husband was just diagnosed with a trigeminal schwannoma last week. We have been referred to specialist in Portland. We still have a lot of unknowns but I really appreciate you guys sharing your story. It helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • 16 Charlene // Nov 3, 2011 at 14:06

    I have been going thru the ups and downs of trigeminal Neurologia for 10 years. Every few years I have to up my meds (tegretol). I am at the point where it doesnt seem to help. Seeing what you have done with your ife is inspiring and hope I can be as strong. Good Luck to you in the future.

  • 17 karen // Apr 19, 2012 at 15:23

    Hi Travis, I was just diagnosed with a brain tumor, it is benign. Just seen doctor today. He thinks it is schwannoma, and believes its on the nerve that does my chewing. Says I might have to start chewing on one side of my face. My tumor is on the right side. I was wondering is this the same thing that you have. He warned me about a indent on the side of my head do to my chewing musle no longer working. I just needed to know some things before hand. Surgery is scheduled for end of May. Thanks for any help you can give me. Karen

  • 18 mrs.ladyking // Apr 20, 2012 at 09:36

    Hi Karen,

    I’m sorry to hear that you have to go through such a trying time. Your tumor is similar to mine, however mine is located underneath my left trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve has three main branches that cover your facial area. Each branch has a function, although I cannot quote all of them. It sounds to me like your tumor is more involved with the nerve the communicates with your temporalis branch, which is the muscle your doctor is most likely referring to. I have an empty void there because my temporalis balled up after surgery. I now have temporomandibular disorder (TMD) also known as TMJ. There is a chance you might not have to lose that muscle, however it you do you can also have cosmetic surgery to fill the void. I’m actually considering that in the future myself. I wish you luck with your surgery and if you have anymore questions please feel free to contact me here. Take care and understand this is only a temporary bump in the road. Be strong and you’ll do just fine!


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