Harry’s doctor thinks he might have had a brain tumor for over 20 years. But looking back, it was the last 10 years that should have given Harry a hint that something was seriously wrong. He had been going through personality changes, was easily angered, and felt depressed and uninterested in his friends and family, but he chalked all that up to stress about his ailing parents. It wasn’t until Harry started having trouble with his vision that he saw a doctor. His eye doctor in Youngstown suspected that it wasn’t his eye itself, but something pressing on his optic nerve and recommended a neurologist. By the time Harry’s brain tumor was discovered in an MRI, it was so large that he was told he needed surgery right away. He was also told there were no guarantees. But both his neurosurgeon in Ohio and a physician friend said his best chance was with one of the few neurosurgeons in the country experienced with tumors as large as his. That surgeon was Robert Friedlander, MD, at UPMC.
When Harry came out of recovery, he felt the change immediately — “like a switch being thrown back on.” The first thing he did was apologize to his wife. “I realized that although I’d been functioning at work, the rest of my life had been falling apart.”
Today, Harry says life is good. He and his wife are traveling and antiquing and working on their house. In other words, he’s not back to his old self again; he’s back to his better self.