When Life Takes Turns, Go With the Flow

Hey LABO Nation,

Long time no speak.  It's been a couple of months since I put out a post on the LABO website.  For the duration of the summer, I spent time studying for the July NY and NJ bar exam.  However, a personal family crisis occurred that has prevented me from carrying on with my bar exam studies.  

This past Monday, July 14, my mom suffered a seizure in our family basement that left her incoherent for some time.  Thankfully, there were people at the house who contacted 911 as well as me and my dad.  My mom regained full consciousness once she was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Cat-scans and x-rays revealed a 5-6 centimeter brain mass in the right front lobe of my mom's brain.  Obviously, it was a very scary situation because when you hear news like that, you instantly think it's cancerous.  Good news, it is NOT cancerous.  In fact, the mass in my mom's brain is 99.999999% benign.  On top of that, the mass is NOT growing on the brain. The mass is a meningioma, which means that it is actually growing on the exterior of the brain, specifically on meninges, which is the covering of the brain.  In other words, it's growing on the interior of the scalp and not in the actual brain itself.  In fact, the picture above is what meningioma looks like under a microscope.  It's awfully pink, right?

The fact that the mass is benign and easily operable is all good news and my family and I are relieved.  My mom is scheduled to have the mass removed on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 AM.

Also, because of what has happened with my mom, it is only right to her, my family, and to myself to put a halt on my bar exam studies and to withdraw from the July 2014 NY and NJ bar exam.  I have closure about this decision.  I need to make sure my mom is in good health, but aside from that, I could never take a test as exhausting as the bar exam with this lingering over my head.  I still plan on taking the bar exam in February 2015, though.

I know that LABO is a platform for me to share sports law content, but this is a matter too important not to discuss with all of you.  This is a very personal, and I could easily hide this in and not share on such a public forum.  But at the end of the day, life takes turns and things don't go according to plan.  When life throws the curveballs at you, it's important to adapt and go with the flow.  Certainly, we've been tested through this ordeal, but we're doing the best we can to make this work.

With that in mind, LABO Nation, it would mean a lot to me if you sent words of comfort and support to my mom.  She's a fighter.  She's a 14-year breast cancer survivor.  If she was able to beat that, she can surely beat this.  Your prayers and support are immensely appreciated.

Because I have dropped my bar exam studies, I still plan on picking up where I left off with LABO.  I have yet to determine when the newest season of LABO will start.  But I can assure that time is coming soon.  In the meantime, be on the lookout for another post coming soon about the ABA Blawg 100.  The ABA Journal is currently accepting nominations and I hope to have LABO make the ABA Blawg 100 this year.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to reading your comments of support and comfort!

-Tony