On Thursday December 10th 2009 at 19:00 german time I suffered a “Tonic-Clonic Grand Mal (Epileptic) Seizure.”  As with most all people in my age group who have NO HISTORY of epilepsy, this seizure was a direct indicator that I have a brain tumor which requires immediate medical attention.
This blog serves as my own journal documenting this life-changing experience as well as a means of communicating my health to my friends and family (mostly through emails sent by my father, Ken). I am Attempting to repeat myself less and propagate as much meaningful and accurate information as possible to my loved ones.
Please note that many of the medical technical details which I describe are my own understanding (potentially faulty) of what is going on. I realize that I often confuse terms and conditions, so please feel free to write comments and correct me where I mis-quote or mis-remember a detail which you may be in some way personally attached to (or know better than me).

There is also an informative page here: About Trepanation.


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the image at the bottom of this page is an engraving from the wikipedia entry on ‘Trepanation.’
    • Emily Zumpe
    • January 18th, 2010

    Hi Kent,

    it was a pleasure to meet you and your parents at Peace Church yesterday. Thanks so much to your mom for following up by emailing me and sending me the link to your blog, which I just read “cover to cover.”

    Your story is amazing, shocking and – in the true sense of the word – awe-inspiring. Your good humor is a surprise and a blessing – I am sure that staying positive, hopeful and surrounded by family and love is the best thing you can do. I will add you to our prayer chain (with your permission of course) and will be praying for you faithfully until your OP on the 26th (and of course, thereafter). Please keep in touch or come visit us again next Sunday at 11:45 if you’d like. I’m preaching on fear – though you seem to have so little of that through this terrible ordeal. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family – here and back home in the States.

    May God bless you and keep you all close, filling your days of waiting with as much laughter, light and joy as possible.


    • Paul & Heather
    • January 25th, 2010

    Hi Kent:

    I just wanted to add another quick comment to compliment you on your blog. I agree with Emily’s comments above, your strength, sense of humor, curiosity and thorough research of your tumor is inspiring. And the love and support you have from your family and friends is sure to speed your recovery.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers every day, my old friend.

    Love and peace,

    — Paul and Heather

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