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Timeline

  • December 31, 2005-Travis first noticed double vision.
  • February 2006-Travis began to noticing numbness on the left side of his mouth and tongue.
  • March 16, 2006-Travis was diagnosed with a brain tumor that the neurosurgeons believed to be a Schwanomma.
  • May 8, 2006-Travis had his first surgery at Navy Medical Center San Diego.
  • May-June 2006-Travis on Convalescent Leave for work. (stayed home and rested)
  • July 2006-Travis returned to work.
  • August 8, 2006-1st Limited Duty term begins, informed by neurosurgeon that the latest MRI shows no change.
  • November 2006-Travis began to notice new symptoms that concerned him.
  • December 12, 2006-Travis got an MRI.
  • December 21, 2006-Travis received a call informing him that his tumor grew back and was larger than the original tumor found.
  • January 11, 2007-Travis was informed that radiation will be the safest and most effective treatment for his tumor and that treatment will start at either the end of February or the beginning of March. Radiation will be 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for six weeks.
  • February 8, 2007-2nd Limited Duty term begins.
  • April 30, 2007-Travis told by his “boss” that we would be on a call in status.
  • May 12, 2007- We traveled to Stanford and met with Dr. John Adler. He who told us that he shared Travis’s case with the team and that they are all in agreement that there is only one logical treatment plan for Travis, which would be to operate and then follow up with radio surgery.
  • July 13, 2007 (Friday the 13th)-Travis had his second surgery at Stanford Medical Center.
  • November 9, 2007 Travis returns to Stanford to receive CyberKnife radiation.

7 Comments

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jimison // Feb 10, 2008 at 15:59

    Hi Trina (is that right?),

    Please let me know how your husband and you are holding up. I wrote you an email a couple weeks ago, but haven’t heard back from you. I would like to link your site on my site, and write a short post describing your experiences. Please let me know if that’s ok with you both.

    Thank you. You’re both in my prayers.

    Jimison

  • 2 Kara // Nov 20, 2009 at 11:40

    I would love to talk to another caregiver who has had to go through the rarer side effects of radiation with their spouse. My husband and I are currently dealing with hydrocephalus and adrenal insufficiency.

  • 3 kameel // Mar 22, 2010 at 12:45

    Hi,

    I am currently living with a trigeminal Neuroma (schwannoma). I currenly reside in South African and as a result have NO support. My tumor is against the fifth cranial nerve in the Nickels Cave. The tumour is 3.5cm.

    I would really really appreciate to chat to Travis. I was diagnosed five years ago and was asymptomatic throughout this time. However recent tests have confirmed growth and neurosurgeons have suggested removal. I am waiting to consult with a radiosurgeon to assess whether i am a candidate.

    I need someone to speak to. Having to go for surgery is such a scary scary thought and i need to know what the experience is post-operative.

    Travis, please please help me, i have chatted t0 another trigeminal neuroma sufferer and your name popped up so please help buddy.

    Kameel

  • 4 mrs.ladyking // Apr 27, 2010 at 09:37

    Hello Kameel,

    Please tell me how I may help you? What kind of information are you looking for? I am sorry to hear about your condition. Let me know when you would like to have a chat and I will make some time for you. Until then good luck and stay strong.

    -Travis

  • 5 Matthew Craig // Apr 5, 2011 at 09:47

    Hi-

    My name is Matthew Craig and I was recently diagnosed with a trigeminal schwannoma as the result of an MRI for likely unrelated symptoms. I saw a neurotologist/ENT/surgeon at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who has said that leaving the tumor in the brain of a 23 year old would be irresponsible because even if it is slow growing it will cause issues down the road. I have read your story and find it very inspiring in a time where I need inspiration. I recently graduated with a degree in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati- the point being I am a musician with his heart set on teaching. I have been told that surgical removal risks deafness in the effected ear and facial paralysis (I play the trumpet). Reading about you and your journey is very inspiring to me and leads me to have a great many questions for you about your journey. Since music is such an important part of my life I am hoping and praying that cyberknife would be the suggested treatment but await a meeting with the neurosurgeon as well as the neuro-oncologist/radiologist.

    Thank you for your time,

    Matthew Craig

  • 6 Matthew Craig // Apr 5, 2011 at 13:35

    Hi-

    My name is Matthew Craig and I was recently diagnosed with a trigeminal schwannoma as the result of an MRI for likely unrelated symptoms. I saw a neurotologist/ENT/surgeon at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who has said that leaving the tumor in the brain of a 23 year old would be irresponsible because even if it is slow growing it will cause issues down the road. I have read your story and find it very inspiring in a time where I need inspiration. I recently graduated with a degree in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati- the point being I am a musician with his heart set on teaching. I have been told that surgical removal risks deafness in the effected ear and facial paralysis (I play the trumpet). Reading about you and your journey is very inspiring to me and leads me to have a great many questions for you about your journey. Since music is such an important part of my life I am hoping and praying that cyberknife would be the suggested treatment but await a meeting with the neurosurgeon as well as the neuro-oncologist/radiologist.

    Thank you for your time,

    Matthew Craig

  • 7 matthew.david.craig // Apr 5, 2011 at 13:39

    Hi-

    My name is Matthew Craig, I am 23 and I was recently diagnosed with a trigeminal schwannoma as the result of an MRI for likely unrelated symptoms. I saw a neurotologist/ENT/surgeon at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who has said that leaving the tumor in the brain of a 23 year old would be irresponsible because even if it is slow growing it will cause issues down the road. I have read your story and find it very inspiring in a time where I need inspiration. I recently graduated with a degree in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati- the point being I am a musician with his heart set on teaching. I have been told that surgical removal risks deafness in the effected ear and facial paralysis (I play the trumpet). Reading about you and your journey is very inspiring to me and leads me to have a great many questions for you about your journey. Since music is such an important part of my life I am hoping and praying that cyberknife would be the suggested treatment but await a meeting with the neurosurgeon as well as the neuro-oncologist/radiologist.

    Thank you for your time,

    Matthew Craig

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