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Brain Surgery

Julia Kloiber is a loving, fun, beautiful and intelligent woman. Julia just celebrated her 32nd birthday with her loving husband, Joe and their two sons, Joseph Jr. and Joshua. They are both hard working, commited teachers that live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, in May of this year my sister, Julia, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. An MRI showed a mass located on the brain near the pituitary gland. This type of tumor is referred to as Craniopharyngiomas; these tumors are near the brain's pituitary gland and most commonly affect infants and children.
The tumor is believed to be benign, however, we will not know the details until the biopsy confirms it at the removal of the tumor during surgery. Each year, more than 100,000 Americans are told they have a brain tumor. It is not clear why many of these tumors occur. Those that originate in the brain, primarily brain tumors, may be due to genetic or environmental factors.
On May 22, 2012, Julia will undergo brain surgery at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in hopes of removing the tumor. She is looking at a possible 5-8 hour surgery.
While her insurance will cover part of the surgery, she is looking at upwards of $40,000.00 in medical bills post operation and well into her recovery. For Julia and Joseph, every aspect of their lives has been totally changed due to this most current hardship: Their health, jobs/income, financing and even their living situation. Still with everything at risk, they know that one thing will always remain constant: The support and love from their families, friends and God. Please unite with us and collectively contribute in her battle.

Update: During a long 6+ hour surgery, the surgeon at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. was able to remove about 60 per cent of the tumor, but was reluctant to try for more since the delicate area where the tumor is located; near her pituitary gland and between her optic nerves. As a result of the surgery, Julia has lost 50% of her vision. She was faced with the grueling decision to either go back in for another surgery, a second attempt to remove the residual tumor or to go in for 6 weeks of radiation therapy to try and remove the tumor. She has chosen the latter and is in the care of the professionals at the Mayo Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her case was presented to a board of surgeons because of the rare type/ nature of the tumor. It has sparked quite a bit of controversy as far as how it should be dealt with, and the final decision was left for Julia to make. She reamains hopeful that this will work and with all of the love and support she continues to receive from friends, family and even strangers, that she will be able to recover soon and live the rest of her life to its fullest potential. Again, thanks to all for the support and prayers!!! We feel so blessed!

My family thanks you and we just ask that you continue to rally with us in prayers & thoughts. Any contribution is very much appreciated. God bless!
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