Ringing in the New Year with Neurosurgery

Functional MRI 1 - Glioblastoma Multiforme - brain cancerIn the past two weeks, Dustin has been lucky enough to have been seen by both Johns Hopkins and Duke University Medical Center. They also visited Geisinger for an independent opinion.  Hopkins offered the more conservative approach of chemotherapy and radiation alone.  Duke’s Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Dr. Allan H. Friedman, has agreed to do the surgery.  Dr. Friedman is one of the most well respected neurosurgeons in the world.  Resection surgery is more risky, but it will give him a better outcome. After many discussions with family, friends, and independent doctors, as well as prayer, Dustin has decided to go forward with the surgery at Duke.

The surgery is scheduled for January 2nd in Durham, NC. They would like him to remain in the area for at least a few weeks to keep an eye on him and for follow up appointments.  We will not know the scope of treatment following the surgery because there are so many unknowns, and the treatment will depend on the outcome of the surgery. Please keep Dustin in your prayers over this holiday season as he prepares for the next leg of his journey.

18 Responses to “Ringing in the New Year with Neurosurgery”

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  1. Best of luck and prayers to Dustin, Jan 2.

  2. Dustin and family ~ we will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May you have a great holiday and we will pray that God leads the surgeons through and brings total healing. Meryl Christmas and much happiness in the new year!

  3. Terry Crosby says:

    My prayers are with you and your family Dustin.

  4. Continued prayers for you and your family Dustin. Stay Dustin Strong!

  5. Pat Logan says:

    Prayers and good thoughts for you Dustin and all your family. Enjoy the holidays with your family and we will await good news following the surgery. God Bless.

  6. A reminder to us all that not everything goes well for everybody in the festive season. I hope your brother has a positive outcome for his surgery.

  7. Diana Russo says:

    My thoughts are with you Justin.. Hang in there mate,it will all be worth it…love Diana x

  8. Lucas Wyrsch says:

    My prayers are with you and your family Dustin. I wish you a Merry Christmas! Keep strong!

  9. Will be sending many prayers and good intentions! Love to all of you.

  10. Diana Russo says:

    thoughts are with you Dustin… stay strong x

  11. Kitty Myers says:

    Dustin, your story was passed on to me by a friend who obviously cares about you and your family very much. Your situation is heartbreaking and I pray and will continue to pray that God will take the surgeon’s hands in his and perform this miracle on Jan. 2nd. Prayers have been known to work those miracles before. You will be in my thoughts every day. May God hear our prayers and bless you.

    Kitty Myers
    Protech e2
    Key Largo, FL 33037

  12. Nadine Hack says:

    Dillon – I am keeping Dustin and your entire family in my thoughts and prayers as he goes through this ordeal. May healing love surround all of you during this very difficult time. – Nadine

  13. You have our best wishes for a healthy New Year, Dustin! Keep fighting.

    Mark “Paula’s Husband” O’Neill

  14. sola vei says:

    knowing what it’s like to undergo chemo and radiation, i wish you and all the best outcome possible.

  15. Melanie says:

    My daughter was diagnosed with GBM at age 21 with a 4month old daughter – after craniotomy (removed over 90% of tumor), radiation therapy & chemo – she is now 25 yrs old & in extremely good health, 6 monthly MRIs show no tumor. So, don’t believe all the stats, live in hope & know that Dr Friedman is an internationally renown & respected neurosurgeon.
    Also Ben A Williams is 17yr survivor, & his info on use of supplements helped my daughter – http://www.virtualtrials.com/williams.cfm
    Contact me on twitter @melee-me if you want to chat/ask any questions

  16. Judy says:

    I am praying for Dustin and his family. May God keep you all in his care and grant that the surgery will be successful. Prayer can work miracles! God bless you all.

  17. beverly livingston says:

    I just read your message above and wanted to let you know that a good friend of mine here in Myrtle Beach also doctored with Dr. Alan Friedman at Duke for brain cancer. Unfortunately surgery was not an option for her. My friend and her family were very impressed with Dr. Friedman.

  18. Brad Thomas says:

    I will be praying for you Dustin, and your family.

    Judge Thomas

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