Tiny Pretty Things actor Barton Cowperthwaite reveals he needs surgery for a lemon-sized brain tumor as his co-stars offer their support
Barton Cowperthwaite revealed that he is dealing with a serious medical condition.
The 31-year-old Tiny Pretty Things actor shared the news on Friday alongside a photo of himself dressed in a hospital gown.
‘So…. In any case, yesterday I was diagnosed with a stage 2 glioma,” he announced matter-of-factly on Instagram.
“It’s a decent-sized brain tumor,” he said, before explaining that the situation could have been much worse.
‘The tumor’s cells come from the brain, so the cancer doesn’t spread anywhere else in the body.’
Announcement: Barton Cowperthwaite has announced that he is dealing with a serious medical condition. “I was diagnosed with at least a stage 2 glioma,” he announced matter-of-factly on Instagram, sharing a photo of himself in a hospital gown
The Fosse/Verdun actor shared photos of his X-rays showing a large white mass.
“The only treatment for something like this is brain surgery,” he wrote.
“Doctors have been confident so far that they can remove most of the tumor, and that after successful surgery and some rehabilitation, I will operate like my (amazing, talented, brilliant, hilarious) self,” he confidently explained .
‘That said, it looks like scans and checks will be part of my life for the rest of my life.’
A glioma is “a growth of cells that begins in the brain or spinal cord,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
As the tumor grows, it can press on brain or spinal cord tissue and cause dangerous symptoms.
“Oh Barty, I’m so sorry to hear this. Sending you so much love you got this!!!’ wrote his co-star Brennan Clost.
‘I love you Bart sending you so much healing. You got this,” wrote TPT star Casimere Jollette.
Scans: The actor shared the scan results taken at the hospital which showed a tumor the size of a lemon in his right frontal lobe. A glioma is “a growth of cells that begins in the brain or spinal cord,” according to the Mayo Clinic
Best: In a video update on Saturday, the actor said, “On Monday we meet some of the best of the best. And next week I can decide where I want to have the operation done’
Michael Hsu Rosen sent a supportive letter: “I love you so much Barton.”
In an update video on Saturday, the dancer explained that the tumor was discovered after he suffered a series of seizures.
“I’ve had several seizures over the past eight weeks, the most recent of which landed me in the emergency room,” he told the camera.
After a CAT scan, doctors discovered “a glioma the size of a lemon” in the right frontal lobe.
He could be discharged this weekend, but the operation will take place soon.
“We’re rallying the troops and strategizing,” Barton told his fans.
“On Monday we meet some of the best of the best. And next week I can decide where I want to have the operation done.’
Support: The actor and his family have set up a Go Fund Me account to help cover costs during his recovery following offers of support from friends and fans. “Brain surgery is not cheap and I think it would be incredibly helpful for me if my family could be close by,” he said
After an outpouring of concerns from friends and fans, Barton said he and his family have a Go Fund Me account.
“Brain surgery is not cheap and I think it would be incredibly helpful to me if my family could be around here,” he said, explaining that the money raised would pay for food and rent for himself and his family during his recovery. Well, all expense insurance didn’t cover.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said.
‘The response and the outpouring of support has been absolutely staggering and words cannot express my gratitude and I’m just overwhelmed so thank you so much and I love you.’