20 Mar '12, 1pm

Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times:

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a hard run. I went to see the flight surgeon and was immediately referred to a neurologist. An MRI revealed a golf-ball sized tumor on the left temporal lobe of my brain and the doctor bluntly told me, "Your life will never be the same." I was literally stunned. Swelling was critical and I was admitted for surgery five days later. The surgeon briefed me on all that could go wrong, but the young Air Force captain performed expertly. He gets my vote if I ever need another surgery. The tumor was successfully removed down to the mic...

Full article: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123294464

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