Twin Peaks Limited Event Series

My Twin Peaks obsession is living inside me again!  Last year, Mr. David Lynch released a new series on Showtime.  It has the theme that the same nuance is occurring 25 years after the first series. I’m not going to lie – I wanted to watch it so very badly, but honestly, my brain was still healing after my brain tumor surgery and treatment, so I recorded all of it and held them.  I am actually glad that I didn’t watch the shows last year, because I may not have been able to process all the details shown in each episode.  And there are 18 episodes, yes, 18 hours of the return to Twin Peaks!

I am a little over halfway through now, and it is just amazing.  I am appreciating the original series and film even more.  This season is truly better and more detailed than the first parts.  I am sure some people don’t understand it.  To me, it is presenting how the positivity and negativity fight against each other constantly.  Plus, I believe that after what I’ve been through, I do see things differently and back to myself again. (Reminder – that one of the symptoms of a brain tumor is a lot of personality changes.)  Anyway, once I’ve watched it all, I can’t wait to discuss with friends who have seen this!!!  Please comment below if you have!

PS – If you want to watch Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, it was released on DVD, which is currently on sale at Amazon.  The current lower price may not be there for very long!

A BIG thank you to everyone who has contributed to my birthday present to help me pay off a big chunk of my brain tumor treatment medical bills (some are tagged – some, anonymous, and some people I don’t even know!!). Much appreciated — even more than what I can say here!!

Thank you to these friends, family members, and friends of friends:

Andrea B, Ashley R, Bess B, Betsy H, Bill Z, Brian P, Carol E, Catherine R, Christian E, Christopher C, Heather M, Jean T, Jeannie H, Jeffrey D, Joerg H, Katie D, Maja R, Mariana B, Mike A, Michael P, Mill C, Mina B, Paul E, Priscilla P, The Stamms, Susan E, Susan M, Tim R, Tracy C, and Will E. (+ 3 Anonymous givers)

If anyone else would like to assist, here’s the donation link.

 

Original post from 2/1/18:

Birthday Present

Hi All!!
I am here to celebrate my birthday with you!
You all remember that a year and a half ago, a large brain tumor (an oligodendroglioma) was found in my head.  A big seizure occurred while I was at work, and my boss took me to the ER!  An MRI there showed us that a surgery was needed right away.  I was then lucky to have a great surgery that removed 90% of the tumor.  The tumor remains were then reduced through radiation and chemo treatment last year.You can find more details on my page, Brain Tumor on The Gail Spot.
I am truly thankful to be able to get back to myself, but I am now overwhelmed with the bills I receive.  My great surgeon wants to look at my brain to ensure it is healing properly — which means MRIs every 3 months.  While I am happy to have health insurance, I still must meet the deductible and out of pocket maximum before they will cover the bills.  I currently have a payment plan to pay off the last two years of bills at $3200.  There will be a new bill coming up in a couple of months when my MRIs start again at another $3000.
The biggest issue for me is the prescription the doctor has me stay on.  It is great to stop any possible seizures.  But it makes me randomly very nappy.  I have not been able to find a job for which I could work around my weird naps.  I have done some .com jobs to help start an income.
For my birthday, February 3rd, please say “Happy Birthday” through any small or medium or large donations through gofundme you would be willing to give.
I appreciate any support from my friends and family!

Birthday Present

Hi All!!
I am here to celebrate my birthday with you!
You all remember that a year and a half ago, a large brain tumor (an oligodendroglioma) was found in my head.  A big seizure occurred while I was at work, and my boss took me to the ER!  An MRI there showed us that a surgery was needed right away.  I was then lucky to have a great surgery that removed 90% of the tumor.  The tumor remains were then reduced through radiation and chemo treatment last year. You can find more details on my page, Brain Tumor on The Gail Spot.
I am truly thankful to be able to get back to myself, but I am now overwhelmed with the bills I receive.  My great surgeon wants to look at my brain to ensure it is healing properly — which means MRIs every 3 months.  While I am happy to have health insurance, I still must meet the deductible and out of pocket maximum before they will cover the bills.  I currently have a payment plan to pay off the last two years of bills at $3200.  There will be a new bill coming up in a couple of months when my MRIs start again at another $3000.
The biggest issue for me is the prescription the doctor has me stay on.  It is great to stop any possible seizures.  But it makes me randomly very nappy.  I have not been able to find a job for which I could work around my weird naps.  I have done some .com jobs to help start an income.
For my birthday, February 3rd, please say “Happy Birthday” through any small or medium or large donations through gofundme you would be willing to give.
I appreciate any support from my friends and family!

 

You may remember that last June one side of my head was bald following the chemo and radiation treatments. Well, I’m pretty excited that it’s getting longer! Woohoo – I can almost make a ponytail 🤣  It sure has been frustrating to have to wear baseball caps, scarves, cotton headbands, and, of course, hairpins.  But, hey, I am not upset really about going through this.  Just a part of getting all better and healing!

Hair 7 months after chemo & radiation

My hair 7 months after chemo & radiation

Me & Dr Etame

Me & Dr Etame

The visit with my brain surgeon, Dr. Etame at Moffitt, was excellent today! MRI shows that flair has diminished greatly since the last visit in September. This should continue to decrease and heal in my brain!  He also reviewed how he carefully conducted his surgery to avoid any blood vessels in my brain and take out as much as he could while he continued to chat with me (Yes, I was “awake!”).  He is also allowing me to cut back my Keppra medicine, so those undereye circles should hopefully diminish.

Here is a pic below from my visit two days ago for the MRI at the Moffitt spot a tad closer to home.  Gwen Bowden did a ton of pictures of my brain two days ago.  She did a great job to help the doctors see details of what is going on in there. It was also really nice to read the MRI report by another doctor that says, “In comparison to prior examination, there are stable surgical treatment changes left temporal craniotomy and corticectomy. There is stable non-enhancing oligodendroglioma in the left insular, frontal, and temporal opercular cortex as well as in the mesial left temporal lobe. There is no MRI evidence of interval tumor growth or angiogenesis.  Remainder of brain is stable. No new findings are identified.”

Me & Gwen Bowden

Me & Gwen Bowden

Thank you for supporting Oligo research!

Thank you to everyone who donated to a great organization, Oligo Nation, that helps to research my brain tumor and how to eradicate it!! My goal was to donate $1000, and we got to $1150!! Woop, woop!
If anyone would like to support the Oligo Nation, please head right to their site: http://www.oligonation.org/

The donations are from my friends and relatives: Holly C, Gina C, Barb M, John A, Vicki C, Tracy I, Chris C, Carol P, Katie D, Jorge C, Heather S, Maja R, Jackie W, Kevin D, Taryn S, Deb S, Chris P, Dawn L, Ethan K, Kim M, Tanis H, Lynda M, and Matty J!!!