You will have significant experiences.
I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of
them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh
your memory of these meaningful and significant things.
Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you.
Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some
may build upon another until they represent a lifetime of
special experiences.
- Gordon B Hinckley

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

UCLA or Bust...

Dear Family and Friends,

For the second time in our lives we have rushed to LA with overpacked suitcases in the dead of night.  The similarities between this experience and Everett’s hospitalization are eerie.  We have arrived at UCLA with an appointment scheduled at 8 am tomorrow.  After that appointment we should be given a surgery time for (hopefully) the following day.

Today we spent hours in the offices of two neurosurgeons who both agreed that this tumor is too extensive to tackle at home.  They also both agreed that the removal of the tumor can’t wait much longer.  We were given the recommendations of UCLA, Stanford and UCSF, all with equal standings and ability to remove this tumor.  UCLA returned our call first.

Zac’s pain has been steadily increasing over the past few days.  He’s been having more debilitating back spasms.  We are relieved to be here. 

The outpouring of love and support from all of you has humbled us.  From the meals, to the childcare, from the prayers, to the texts just to check in, from the gifts, to the donations…we are so blessed to be surrounded by such generous people!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  You have once again touched our lives in a way that has made such a difference.  We appreciate you!  

Please keep us in your prayers tomorrow that we will be given the perfect surgeon to successfully remove the entire tumor.  I will update again when we have a surgery plan.

Believe in Miracles,

The Bollinger Family

P.S.  I apologize for my little temper tantrum in my last email.  I think I just needed to vent.  

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