Marco Terminesi Forced to Injured Reserve List with Serious Illness
The Milwaukee Wave indoor soccer team announced today that they are placing Marco Terminesi on the injured reserve list because of a serious illness. The release states that the former Thunder goal scorer may have a brain tumor.
The Woodbridge, Ontario native has returned to Canada for extensive testing and observation. He has missed five of the Wave’s last six games with symptoms of nausea, headaches and vertigo, playing only on Jan. 23 against Baltimore. He is on the injured list for five games, making him eligible to return on March 7.
“Words cannot describe how much we miss Marco’s presence each and every day, more for who he is than what he has done,” said Wave coach Keith Tozer. “He and his family are in our prayers, and we look forward to his return to the Wave in the very near future.”
In a letter to teammates on Monday, Terminesi said doctors believe he has a tumor on the pineal gland in the center of the brain. The type of tumor and its status is unclear, he said. Doctors believe the best course of action is to observe him for six more weeks, then perform another MRI to see if the tumor has changed size or shape. A biopsy comes with risks because of the location of the gland and the tumor, Terminesi said, so doctors want to pursue other options first.
Doctors aren’t positive the symptoms are related to the possible tumor, Terminesi said in the letter. The original diagnosis was an inner-ear infection, but as symptoms lingered and worsened, doctors performed tests and found the irregularity.
“I am in good hands here and you know I will be jumping up and down every time you guys score and win a game,” wrote Terminesi in the letter to his teammates. “No matter how much pain I am in I will come down there and hold the trophy with you guys when you win it.”
Matt Schroeder, VP of Communications for the Wave, said emails and well wishes can be sent to Marco at email@example.com.
IMS and its readers send our best to Marco for a speedy recovery. I personally would love to see him back on the field at NSC this summer wearing a Stars uniform and tormenting opposing teams with his speed, commitment and goal scoring prowess.