Saturday, October 25, 2008

Seve Ballesteros

Pleased to read in the papers that Seve's 6 1/2-hour operation yesterday went to plan. The swelling was reduced and the remains of the tumour was removed. He is now in intensive care and in a stable condition.

Well done to the neurosurgeons and medical staff and speedy recovery Seve!


Hi everyone

I have had a comment on my blog entry for yesterday. It is a question relating to the post from 26th August, regarding why I felt it necessary to have a follow up MRI exam. First may I say CONGRATS to 'smashedpea' for tomorrow - 2 months since removal. I hope you are feeling well.

Have a look at my post for August 15th for my reasons for a repeat MRI. You being told that you do not need another actually makes me feel more confident as I was told the same, but if you read my Ebook, you will see that I have a very active imagination and for some reason feel I know better than anyone else.

My surgeon didn't even feel it was necessary for follow up appointments after I went home unless I felt it was necessary. He gave me his phone number and said I could contact him anytime, so I did a year later when I took him a bottle of bubbly and he was most surprised to see me.

So I suppose the answer to the question is that I didn't need to have another MRI - I chose to have one due to an insecurity thing I suppose. Maybe your surgeon just wants to prove to you that it is all gone and that you can now get on and enjoy your life. It did make me feel better and I will now leave well alone.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Good Luck Seve - my thoughts are with you and I hope for you a speedy recovery to good health.

Seve Ballesteros (Spanish professional golfer and former World No. 1) has this month been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour classified as an 'oligoastrocytoma'. A tumour type that affects cells that cover and protect the nerve cells in the brain and spinal chord. Most oligodendrogliomas occur in adults ages 50-60 and are found more often in men than women.

Type: An oligoastrocytoma is a type of mixed glioma
Symptoms: May include headaches, speech, motor or behavioural changes and seizures.
Treatment: Removal of as much as the tumour as is possible with follow up treatment that may include chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Seve will undergo another operation today to relieve pressure caused by swelling and a recent hematoma. They also hope to remove further tumour remains.

I wish you good fortune in what will no doubt be the most difficult match of your life. Be strong and stay positive.