“They told me I had a mass on the right side of my brain,” remembers Lisa. “They wouldn’t allow me to drive home. In fact, they recommended I go straight to Overlook, which they said has an excellent neuroscience program.”
As she and her husband, Manny, drove to Overlook’s Emergency Department, they called family members and friends, who confirmed they were headed to the best and most convenient neuroscience center in the region. They also offered their support at home with the Vidals’ children – 14-year-old twin daughters and two sons, ages 18 and 21.
Following additional MRI scans, the Vidals met with Yaron Moshel, MD, PhD, a neurosurgeon at Altair Health and co-director of the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center. Dr. Moshel explained that Lisa had a tumor located in a deep-seated area of the brain called the insula (which plays a role in regulating numerous functions including emotion, perception of pain, motor control, and sense of self). He said the tumor was, most likely, malignant and needed to be surgically removed.
Despite the life-changing diagnosis, Lisa says, Dr. Moshel and the entire staff made them feel comfortable every step of the way. Nicholas Metrus, MD, a neuro-oncologist, put them at ease, explaining every detail about the treatment plan. Patient and family advocate, retired neurosurgeon and ordained Catholic deacon Brian Beyerl, MD, FACS, and social worker Janet LeMonnier provided vital emotional support. “Beth, the nurse practitioner, was also so knowledgeable, sweet, and comforting. She braided my hair so only a small patch needed to be shaved.”