4.04.2011

Roller Coaster of events!

The last few weeks of our simple lives have probably been the most stressful and emotional weeks we have ever experienced! Mike has been having shoulder problems for awhile and finally got around to getting a MRI. The doctor noticed something strange on the first MRI and ordered another MRI with contrast in order to better identify what appeared to be some type of growth. He quickly got it done and the next day left for business trip to Korea on Saturday, March 12th. In the mean time, Mike had applied to Stanford and MIT to see if he could possibly get into their MBA programs. The day before Mike left for Korea, he received interview invites to both schools! We were super excited and pleasantly surprised!

Mike returned home from Korea on Saturday, flew up to Boston on Sunday to interview with MIT and flew home Monday night. On Tuesday, Mike’s doctor told him that he had a ping pong size mass in his shoulder and it looked like a soft tissue sarcoma, which is a cancerous tumor. The doctors urgently squeezed Mike into an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to get a biopsy the following morning. The news definitely rocked us. I was a complete wreck. We experienced all of the scary thoughts and emotions one might expect throughout the night. Tuesday night was the longest night of my life.

We spent the next day at the hospital. They sent Mike’s MRI to a group of radiologists as Mike got some blood work taken. After a few nerve-racking hours, the Orthopedic surgeon called us back and gave us great news. It was not a sarcoma, but rather it was a vascular malformation, which is a group of blood vessels clumped together. Vascular malformations account for 7% of all benign tumors and do not require invasive treatment. We were so relieved!

Two days later Mike interviewed with an alumni from Stanford. What a week! We feel so blessed and are grateful for all of the friends and family that were praying for us that day. We truly felt the power of prayer and fasting. Just to be sure, we sent out his MRI to 4 more doctors and so far they have all come back positive.

Last Tuesday, Mike was notified that he didn’t get into Stanford. We were totally bummed. The rest of the week we waited impatiently to hear if he got into MIT. Today we got good news that he was accepted! So it looks like we will be moving to Boston in the fall. With a new perspective on life, we feel very blessed and are excited for the opportunities and experiences that lie ahead.

19 comments:

Whitney said...

What in the world? I so revealed to hear about Mike! I can not believeyou are moving to Boston. I am freaking out :) How exciting Ju!!! Tell Mike congrats

danielle said...

congrats on the acceptance! that is awesome for you (and rubbish for us that you're leaving)!

Shirlee said...

This is fantastic! You are going to love Boston!! You start in August? Glad Mike is okay. You're right -- what a week!

Gabe and Christina said...

Hi Julia! Congrats to both of you on the new baby! How exciting! So happy for both of you about Boston and the good news from the MRI.

Love,
Christina and Gabe

maddie said...

oh my word julia! that is a crazy week. so glad everything was okay with his shoulder. how scary! congrats on MIT. i'm so jealous - boston is freakin cool. sad that you're leaving the lone star state but already very excited for my boston trip i will plan for anytime after fall 2011 :)

Nicole Lambert said...

So so so excited for y'all!! But going to miss you guys like crazy!!! :'(

Kim said...

Julia, I'm glad the mass wasn't cancerous.. what a relief. That is so scary! Congrats on MIT! That is great news! Such a relief to have the MBA application process over. Josh is headed to University of Chicago in the fall. Good luck on your fun adventure!

Kelsey said...

Three cheers for the East Coast! You are one chinatown bus ride away!!! I am obviously ecstatic about this news and the fact that you will have a new baby is a bonus. So happy that Mike's results were positive!

Brandon McBride said...

JULIA!!!! This is all awesome news! I am so happy for you. I am so glad everything turned out okay with Mike. I would be a wreck too. Being Pregnant probably didn't help with all the emotions. That is so scary. I am so happy for you guys that he got into MIT! That is amazing. He must be amazing! What a fun life experience/adventure you have ahead of you! CONGRATS!!!

Mcbride Family said...

Sorry that was me above signed in under Brandon:)

Jamie said...

Boston baby! We will be waiting impatiently for your arrival! Are you going to live in on campus housing or perhaps in our neck of the woods? I can help out looking for apartments or with whatever else you need.

It was so fun to see Mike the night before the big interview. I had no idea about the tumor. So relieved that he's going to be okay.

Jill said...

Congrats! What a week you've had. How exciting you're moving to Boston! I miss the east coast...

Paul said...

The letters MIT are much more exciting than MRI!! Congrats, B-school is an awesome experience...

pojo said...

I am so glad that it wasn't a tumor! And, that's so exciting yall are moving to Boston!!! congrats! My cousin and his wife live in Boston and they are expecting their first baby in October. So I will have to make a trip out there to visit yall! How are you doing?

Kylan said...

Mike,
Congrats again on your acceptance to MIT's MBA program.What an accomplishment!

We are glad to hear that your shoulder problems were not malignant, and thrilled to learn of your upcoming adventure in Boston. We'll be anxious to follow your blog!

Jen and Ky said...

Mike and Julia,
Congrats on your acceptance to MIT. What a world-class experience that is going to be for you and your little family! We wish you all the best and will be sure to stay in touch as we have our different MBA experiences (we're trying not to be too sad that you won't be in CA with us!)

Also, I'm so glad that your scaring news has turned out to be OK. We'll keep thinking of you and hope that everything continues to stay healthy!

Jen

Troy and Erin said...

Wow, so glad Mike is okay and CONGRATS on the MIT acceptance! That's so exciting! What a fun little adventure for you and your cute family :)

Jen said...

Julia!!!! What a crazy wekk! WOOOOWWWW! I am so excited for you guys! Boston! How fun! I'm going to call you soon, I want to hear more about all this crazy stuff. Congratulations!!minsce

andrea said...

omg love you