Gregory Strachov has had a serious medical year. On January 11th, he had to go through major surgery. A meningioma tumor has been found between the two halves of his brain. The top brain surgeon in the country, Dr. VanLoveren, operated on Greg for twelve hours and removed most of the tumor. Because of complications, Greg had to remain in the hospital for over three months. His entire right side was completely paralyzed. It took great will and effort, but Greg began to move his leg and arm and went from a wheel chair to a cane, and now his arm and leg are working well.
It was a miracle. Greg was unable to paint all year, and is currently going to the hospital for another major surgery during October 11th. Due to all this, Greg decided to allow some of the key paintings in his own collection to become available. These are paintings that were in his parents collection.
Greg was unable to paint all
year. During October, since he
is not doing shows, he decided
to finally have his shoulder
repaired and that healed fine
after a few months. His left eye
has begun to move and as a
result Greg was able to see the
distance the brush is from the
painting surface, so he began to
paint again and with much
success. During February 2019
Greg had a major MRI taken of
his brain. He met with the
surgeon and learned the
meningioma tumor is growing in
an area where major nerves pass
to the spinal chord.
The doctor told Greg that he needs to be operated on because he will lose control of his arms and legs within three to four years. This surgery is a vital attempt to correct this issue. If the surgeon cannot remove all of the tumor, other measures such as radiation might be used. The surgeon wanted the eye to heal a bit more and will schedule Greg’s surgery during the appointment on July 30th, 2019.
UPDATE: The surgeon is unable to give more time for the eye to heal. He found, with a detailed MRI, that the tumor is growing at a rapid rate. Greg's surgery is scheduled to begin at 7:30 AM on August 22nd. It is a dangerous surgery due to the tumor location in the brain.