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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Initial Pathology Report Results

We talked today with both the neurosurgeon and a neuro-oncologist. The tumor is a primary malignant tumor called an astrocytoma. The initial recommendation from the neuro-oncologist would involve a combination of radiation and chemotherapy.

We are currently having Memorial Slone-Kettering provide second opinions on both the pathology report and treatment options before we procede with any treatment.

We are ready for the fight and we are keeping our outlook positive. Thank you for all the positive energy and prayers that you have all been sending our way!

Julie and Scott


  1. Anonymous11:21 PM

    Scott and Julie, we are all with you for the fight. More love and more prayers, Marge

  2. Mary Pfeil9:11 AM

    Dear Scott, Julie & Family,
    I just found out about your illness yesterday. My best wishes for a very speedy recovery.

  3. Anonymous10:34 AM

    we are all with you buddy.

    now let's kick that thing's ass!!


  4. Anonymous11:00 AM

    Scott and Julie-

    Just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you often and praying for a speedy recovery.

    Love you both!


  5. Neidich Family12:32 PM

    Scott and Julie - Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know if we can help out with the kids, meals, or anything at all.

    Barb, Paul, Zachary and Ethan
    (#80 Evergreen!)

  6. Ryan T. Davenport3:30 PM

    Scott –

    All this possible treatment sounds like it is going to make you smarter! Is that even possible?? Once upon a time, Peter Parker was bitten by an irradiated spider giving him amazing powers and he soon became known as Spider-Man. Would you stop and think of the possibilities? Enviro-Lawyer! Oh, wait! You already have those amazing powers!

    I am thinking about you a lot, man. I am happy to hear that SO MANY people are giving you and your family support. Although, it should not surprise you – we all know you would do the same for us.

    I am not sure what I can offer other than my continued healthy thoughts for you and my love.


  7. Amazed to hear you are out of the hospital and home so quickly. I guess they didn't mess up your brains too badly while they were in there poking around! You are in for a fight with the cancer, though, so rest now, give your family a big hug for me and eat your super veggies!
    Cousin Deb

  8. Bev Beevers4:45 PM

    Scott, Julie and the rest of the amazing Spoerl family.....
    We're with you, and we can beat this thing!!! We love you all!
    Bev, Dan, Jake and Will

  9. Scott:
    You have our love, support and prayers. Let the battle begin!

    BTW -- Eve wants you to know her first week of first grade was great. She's just learned to knit and is working on a hat for you. Of course, she has the attention span of a 6-year-old, so you may be old and gray before you get it! Eli says being a Care Bear (his very macho-sounding new class at preschool) is really cool. They both send their

  10. LOVE ... that's what Eve and Eli send ... Too bad their mother is not a techie!

  11. Anonymous12:47 PM


    As you begin this fight, I am reminded of the words that one of the greatest fighters ever, Muhammad Ali, once said:

    "Frazier is so ugly he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wildlife." ;)

    I am also reminded of something else he said, in explaining why he was a champion:

    "It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself."

    Continue to have faith, and continue to believe in yourself, as I know you already do. As Ali vividly proved, when you have faith, and belief in yourself, you can overcome any challenge that comes your way. And I know that you will overcome this one. Take care and God Bless, my friend.

    -Alex Hemsley

  12. Anonymous2:26 PM

    Hi Scott and Julie,

    We want you to know that are continously praying for you to our angel, Mary Grace. You have so many friends at Oak Street who are thinking about you and praying for you, too. We know you are going to be well! Kathy and Jim

  13. Just got back from vacation and read our dad's e-mail from several days ago. Wow, how life can change so quickly! So glad to hear the operation went well. You and your family are in our thoughts (very positive ones!) and prayers. Wish there was more we could do (see - another reason why you guys should live in Iowa!) And give the kids an extra hug from us - Dave & Deb

  14. hey scott and julie -- pulling for you here. keep up your great sense of humor. scott, you might remember my bro-in-law is an oncologist. i'm sure if you guys want another ear to run an issue or question by, he'd be happy to oblige. don't hesitate to let me know. lots of love, postive thoughts and all the rest. suki

  15. Anonymous10:09 AM


    I'm not sure the message I just sent you got through, so I wanted to send it again just in case. If you get it twice, I apologize for making you read it twice. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and Julie and your kids every day. I'm sure you'll have a totally successful treatment and a complete and speedy recovery. Hurry back -- we all miss you!
    Mitch Frank

  16. Anonymous2:37 PM

    Scott and Julie: You will win this fight! We're praying with you, and for you, daily.

    Scott, I'm sure your firm has your calendar covered, but if you need me to make appearances for you, or to cover for you, or anything else, let me know.

    Jim McCarthy (973-366-3900-office)

  17. Anonymous4:22 PM

    Scott and Julie,
    Keep up the fight and stay positive! If I remember correctly I believe I only live about 20 minutes from you guys so either way if you ever need anything, like a babysitter let me know. My son Peter would love to play with your kids! My email address is

    Love, Jessica (Hernandez) Zaninelli