As you know, Bill had a biopsy done on Monday afternoon.  The actual procedure went smoothly but unfortunately Bill experienced major swelling in the brain during recovery. The swelling caused an increase in intracranial pressure (the pressure inside the skull) which resulted in a sudden and significant change in his symptoms.  The doctors are still struggling to get it under control.  Currently he is having a great deal of difficulty communicating as he can’t ‘find’ the right words.  This means that what he says often doesn’t make a lot a sense.  He is aware of it and finds it really frustrating that he is unable to say what he wants.  He understands almost everything that is said to him, but his memory has also been greatly affected which is causing additional complications and confusion.  This morning he seemed a little better.  He was headache free and feeling pretty good.  A physio assisted him in a short walk and then he was transferred to a wheel chair so we were able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine for a few minutes.  It’s amazing how you appreciate the little things like peaceful moment together in the sun during a time like this.   

Despite a bad headache returning this evening we are remaining cautiously optimistic that things will improve throughout the week.  The biopsy result should be in by next week and then the team of doctors will determine the best course of treatment. 

 Thank you all for the continued thoughts and prayers.   The support from family and friends has been incredible and we are very grateful. 
7/27/2011 04:22:39 pm

Stay strong. I can't stop thinking about you and I really need to do something to help out. Please let me know what I can do to help. Nothing is too big or to small. Thinking of you.

Lloyd King
7/28/2011 03:03:46 am

Unbelievable what life can throw at you.
The both of you are strong and wishing for a clean and full recovery.

Mark and Pauline
7/28/2011 09:59:12 am

We're sending you love, strength and healing Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are surrounding you and your family...
Mark and Pauline

Ben Trevena
7/28/2011 04:19:54 pm

Just read your Blog Bill, You are an incredibly brave man. Bryony and I send all our love to you and your beautiful family.
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Mat Geddes
7/28/2011 04:22:50 pm

You are in our prayers.
Sending you love and light.
The Geddes family

Scott Stamp
7/28/2011 11:35:50 pm

Thank you for keeping us all up to date Maureen. I'm sure the last thing you wanted to do was sit down at the computer after that day. We are all in awe of the courage that you and Bill are showing in this battle.


Heather and Rick Matthews
7/29/2011 01:49:35 am

Maureen, your courage is so inspiring. Bill, stay strong, we agree with Reggie!
Love conquers all and we send you ours to reinforce! Thanks for the blog. We'll keep reading. Heather and Rick XX

Sylvie and Darren Legault
8/1/2011 10:32:27 am

Bill- We haven't seen you since Bishops but we are thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. You are all very brave.

sharon janzen
8/1/2011 01:11:48 pm


Just sending love to you and yours, you're in our thoughts.

Jason Binab
8/2/2011 04:23:46 pm

I am sorry to hear this and I wish I had the chance to talk to you further when I saw you. I wish you a full and quick recovery. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help with anything you need....walk the dog, water plants, honestly anything. Our prayers are with you.

Aynsley (Wong) Meldrum
8/2/2011 10:51:32 pm

Bill, I'm thinking about you. Best wishes from our family to yours. You are all incredibly brave. Ayns

8/3/2011 05:27:44 pm

Thinking of you and Bill every day, sending karma and positive thoughts to all of you.

Brett & Pauline
8/4/2011 10:57:02 am

Pauline and I are thinking of you guys.

Brett & Pauline


8/4/2011 11:21:39 am

Bill, this sucks. sorry this is going to really test you and your family. My wife, myself and our 6 daughters started down this road in 2004. I beat an incurable aggressive cancer, and you can too! Our lives have been changed for ever for the better! I emailed you to westjet.

Rob and Miwa Lee
8/4/2011 12:59:27 pm

We are thinking of you and your family, stay strong and stay positive. Your courage and fortitude are incredible. Get well Bill.

Jen Nixon
8/4/2011 02:54:03 pm

Maureen and Bill,
My thoughts are with you all during this incredibly difficult time. Continue to hold on to your courage, strength and love for each other. Maureen, if there is anything I can do to help or anyone through work you need me to contact just let me know.
Thinking of you, Jen

Sam Brennan
8/4/2011 03:16:23 pm

Hang in there my friend. You are a joy to cross paths with on the line,your wonderful nature has been an insiration to oh so many of your coworkers. Your smile which lit up the class room; the first day I met you, made a big impression on myself and your classmates.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong, and don't quit fighting bud. I love yah Bro.

Fabien and Fabie
8/4/2011 06:40:09 pm

all of you guys are in our prayers in these challenging times. Stay strong and keep-up the fight!

With all love

Fab and Fabie

Warren and Nora
8/5/2011 12:03:50 am

Stay strong Bill,Maureen and family.We are thinking of you again this morning.Our family continues to pray for you all.Your friends always,-- don't hesitate to contact us if there is anything, however small, we can do.--- Warren and Nora Randle.

Kim Wahl
8/5/2011 02:35:05 am

Bill -

It's been many years since we've been in touch, but my thoughts and healing vibes are focused on you and your family right now. As a very wise friend once told me, "Walk slowly penguin, and keep smiling"...

Keep on keeping on,

Amanda Corrigan
8/5/2011 03:26:30 am

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family...Your courage and strength in your blog is amazing. Keep fighting and please heal soon.

Wil Schneider
8/5/2011 05:17:39 am

Hi Bill, I remember the good times we had in the Maldives (even though it didn't seem like it at the time) and it seems like yesterday. If anybody can beat this thing through hard work and perseverance it will be you. My family's thoughts are with you, I wish you all the best.

Mike Wright
8/5/2011 05:24:04 am

Thinking of you and your family Bill. Praying for your comfort and strength. Mike

Cameron Sutcliffe
8/5/2011 06:10:29 am


Wishing you all the best. I can only imagine how scary this must be, stay strong, keep positive, lots of people are pulling for you.

Cam Sutcliffe

fritz reuter
8/5/2011 11:42:07 am

Bill .
we never had that beer in victoria yet.My thoughts and prayers are with you . i have not made it to the island yet . But in time brother .... get better soon and i will make sure to get over there ......

all the best and keep strong ......

Fritz and family ......

Jeno Fotter
8/10/2011 09:49:23 am

Stay strong for your family and stay strong for yourself....

All the best

The Fotter Family


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