My Dear Friends,
Thank you for all your warm wishes and support. It means the world to me.I would like to give you an update on my progress. I had emergency neurosurgery on September 6 for a malignant brain tumor. I was having symptoms of confusion, difficulty buttoning my left sleeve with my right hand (I am right handed), and then, one morning I had trouble with my speech. I knew what I wanted to say but I couldn’t get the words out. After the surgery I had some brain swelling which made it more difficult to speak and I had a weakness in my right arm and leg. Wow. I thought these would not resolve but fortunately they did and I now have regained what I would consider about 90-95 percent of my speech and right side. I began chemo and radiation treatments two weeks later. This week is my final of six weeks. I won’t bore you with the details but it has not been a walk in the park.
I can’t praise my wife, Ina Gyemant, enough, for her incredible care and constant love. I want to tell you how inspired I am when I visit this website that my two talented daughters, Kimberly Brooks and Tiffany Shlain, put together. I am moved to tears by reading the wonderful entries wishing me well and telling stories about past encounters with me. My son, Jordan Shlain, MD, along with my many other doctors, are taking excellent care of me. I am determined to finish the book, Leonardo’s Brain, and have been working away on it. I have only three or four chapters to go and have written 18 chapters already.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank those of you who have written to me. The wishes you have posted on the website and the letters I have received are what keep me going everyday.
Warmest regards, Leonard Shlain
My Dear Friends,