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Keeping the Faith




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DeAnn Lutz

Dear David, On November 1st, 2008 our lives changed forever. After experiencing two episodes of weakness on one side of your body, at 41 yr old, you were diagnosed with a brain tumor. A biopsy days later revealed you had an inoperable anaplastic astrocytoma. 2-3 yrs was the number- the estimated life expectancy. With three children aged 11, 8 and 4 you were not willing to accept those numbers. We chose as aggressive treatment as possible which included Temodar and radiation. Throughout the nausea, tiredness and side affects, your strength and positive attitude kept you functioning as normal, only missing 2 days of work due to the biopsy. While I tried to appear strong, especially for our children, I was breaking apart inside. After experiencing your determination to beat this, all of those around you also believed you could beat this. You found humor in the most unlikely situations, and your infectious laugh calmed fears and the fear of the unknown. Here we are almost 9 years later. What has changed? The tumor shrunk and has not grown in that time. You continue to impress us with your positive outlook, lust for life, stamina and strength. All three of our children are now in high school or college. We’ve celebrated 3 bar/bat mitzvahs. I remember when your goal was to survive long enough to experience those events. We now have new benchmarks to look forward to. You have given your family a true gift. We no longer have the option of taking time for granted. Every day is a gift with you, you are the center of our family and our life. What truly amazes me is your positivity. I have never heard you complain or play the “why me” card. Your sense of humor (sad, demented but social) is contagious and one of your greatest abilites to put us all at ease. Happy almost 9th Anniversary, I am so proud of all your accomplishments, and endlessly proud to stand by your side. Love, DeAnn