Sodexo’s Executive Chef Eric Everett of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO), has made a full recovery since he was diagnosed with two, large brain tumors and underwent surgery in early August to remove the tumors. “I am definitely ready to be back at NEO. The risks of this surgery included the possibility of suffering a stroke, loss of movement on the left side of my body, having a pacemaker, a 95 percent chance of partial blindness and even death,” Everett said. “I am blessed.”
Everett said he misses cooking and can’t wait to return to his job. His primary physician said he could return to work Nov. 5, 2012. “I did experience some double vision and difficulty seeing in the beginning, but it has gone away and I feel normal once again, so I have been working on a cookbook that I hope to have published within a year,” Everett said.
Everett still has to get radiation treatments even though the tumors were stage two, benign tumors. He will continue to grow his hair out until the one-year anniversary of his surgery. At that time, he will donate his hair to Locks of Love. According to their website, Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The prostheses provided help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.