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www.Ups tatePhys i c i ansSC . com | www.Hea l thL i nksUps tate. com | 57 Today, Terry still has not undergone chemo or radiation. Instead, he is monitored carefully with MRIs — initially, they were every 12 weeks and now not as often — and sticks to a diet without sugar and carbs. He also drinks only alkaline water. “Cancer grows in an acidic environment,” he explained. Both Terry and Jami are certain that the ER doctor’s insistence of Terry getting scanned at the hospital in 2015 was divine intervention – in fact, Terry had just converted to Christianity in February 2015, two months before his day in the ER. The couple also agreed that Terry’s admission to Duke and the support of Dr. Randazzo were integral to the success of the journey as well. “Probably the most shocking thing was how we found the tumor — because of the D.O. wanting to do the CT scan,” Jami said. “That was such a godsend. And then when we got to Duke, Dr. Randazzo was also a D.O., and it comforted us to know she would be more open-minded about what we wanted.” Does Terry feel like his old self again now? He’s actually better than ever, according to Jami. Because the surgery dealt with the temporal lobe — which affects people differently — Terry experienced changes to his perception and emotions. Jami admitted her husband had “zero empathy” right after the surgery, which is to be expected, but, as you read this, Terry’s emotional intelligence is sharper than ever, enhancing his roles as a father, husband and friend. “It’s … like those pathways all reconnected — like a bridge was washed out when the tissue was removed, but then everything regrew and was rerouted,” Jami mused. “And it has made him more conscious about what he says and so much more caring. It is definitely wonderful.”