Brian Doyle needs our help. Many ACP members know Brian or his writing through his award-winning work at ACP publications including U.S. Catholic magazine.
“This is really bad so the surgery is to try to reduce it,” Doyle told The Beacon Sunday night before the surgery. “And then probably chemo, but there is no healing. But if all goes well, I could get a year or maybe even two. They can’t delete it or fix it or cure it. The doctor thinks that if he can reduce it and shoot chemo at it, then it may be suppressed for long enough for a few more years of reading and writing and being with my wife and kids.”
The tumor is in the back right of Doyle’s brain. He says this is “good news” because doctors told Doyle that it “hopefully” would not affect his reading, writing and speech.
Doyle, 60, found out about the tumor in mid-November. He had experienced severe headaches for several months and initially was treated for a migraine, but when symptoms did not subside, he went in for a scan that revealed the mass.
“I’m actually not afraid (of surgery),” Doyle said. “The thing I’m really upset about is that I don’t think I will be able to take care of my wife and children. That’s what is really scary. I’m not really going to be able to work anymore and that’s too bad because I love the University of Portland magazine, I really do.”
A nine-time nominee of the Oregon Book Award, Doyle won this year for his young adult novel “Martin Marten.” His essays and poems have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, Commonweal, the Times of London, the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science and Nature Writing and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies, among others.