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Teresa

Fighting Brain Cancer

Just 5 short months after my father was killed in a car accident and two weeks before retiring, my mom was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma – brain tumor.

After the initial diagnosis, everything happened so quickly. The surgeon came to see my sister and me and said he believed it was a Glioblastoma and that it was the worst type of cancer someone could get. He also said he’d like to operate that day but his schedule was booked with other operations. So he decided he wanted to remove the tumor first thing the following morning. We didn’t know anything about the surgeon or what questions to even ask. We felt very alone, confused and devastated by the horrible news. I got on my computer and sent out emails to everyone I knew looking for surgeon recommendations. I researched as much as I could in the short bit of time I had before the surgeon wanted to operate which was now less than 18 hours away I had two people recommend Swedish’s Neuroscience Institute. That was enough for me. I called and with desperation in my voice begged to get my mom seen immediately. It was late in the afternoon on a Thursday when I spoke with Megan. She was caring, concerned, calm and, most importantly, – accommodating. I described what my mom had and she said – "Oh, you want Dr. Foltz – he’s the best." He specializes in Glioblastomas and only operates on the brain. We kept in contact for the next few hours calling and updating each other. Dr. Foltz was in surgery all that day. But by the end of that day, we had an appointment to see him in Seattle the following day. After driving down from Bellingham the next day, I drove up to the loading zone and Megan and another team member were there waiting with a wheelchair. We hugged like we had known each other for years. –We felt like we had met our first angel that day.

It took my sister, my mom and myself 2 minutes to know that it would be Dr. Foltz who would operate on her. He had done some 400-brain surgeries and he was passionate about what he did. He made us feel hopeful and safe. His soothing voice calmed us. He answered all the questions we had and then some that we didn’t even think of. He told us about his study and how he found his way back to the Seattle area. He mentioned how my mom’s tumor could be studied and could be essential in finding a cure for brain cancer. Coming from an educational background, she especially liked that idea. He wasn’t panicked. He didn’t want to rush into surgery but he did want to admit my mom and get her going on medicines that would reduce the swelling in her brain before he operated. We had met our second angel that day.

Four days later, my mom was recovering from her surgery – with a full head of hair. It was a successful surgery and Dr. Foltz gave us hope. He said we’d fight this together. He said that we hope to not see any new tumors for at least a year – but that we’d like her to go 3 years before a recurrence. And when a new tumor came back – we'd go in and get it again. He gave us his cell phone number and said to call him anytime if we had questions or concerns.

I often wonder if my dad was watching over us and guided us to find Dr. Foltz. He and his entire team have become our extended family. The level of care they give is like no other. Words cannot express the gratitude that we have toward Dr. Foltz and his team. We just don’t know what we would do without them!

My mom continues to fight her fight with Dr. Foltz, his team and her two daughters by her side.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Dr. Foltz!

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Christie

"Everyone from the triage nurses to the a la carte staff were fantastic, but three people made our stay exceptional. Jen, our labor and delivery nurse, Toni, the NAC, and Amy, the night RN on the postpartum unit."

Teresa

"The level of care they give is like no other. Words cannot express the gratitude that we have toward Dr. Foltz and his team. We just don’t know what we would do without them!"

Eva

"I now know that cancer treatment doesn't have to be negative. That the care you receive is not just medical but it the compassion that goes along with it."

Mya

"I would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses at Swedish NICU. We will never forget our experience at Swedish Medical Center for the rest of our lives. We are so grateful to have our daughter doing well and home with us today. We always recommend Swedish to our friends and family whenever we get the chance."

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