On today last year, I started the day with my daily walk around my neighborhood pond during the sunrise view (see on the right). Next, shower and get ready for work. I would be a tad late, because we had the exciting new dish washer installed. Once complete, I then went to work. The Olympics would open that evening, and I was sooooo excited to watch while cleaning dishes in the new dish washer – lol!
That afternoon, I had another usual anxiety attack, but this time right in front of my manager, Jackie W. I was very embarrassed that this had happened at work. She knew immediately it was a seizure and (THANK YOU!) took me to the local emergency room for an examination. When I think back, my anxiousness had become stronger and more frequent. I just thought I should go find a therapist, and I would be OK. But at the ER, my husband, Mike A, and I found out after an MRI that I had a brain tumor.
While I was very scared, it made me know there was a reason for those seizures and we would get them out of me! I stayed in the hospital a few days (and watched the Olympics!). The doctors and nurses there treated me so well. There was even a great view of Clearwater Beach from there. While we initially thought I would get my tumor removed as soon as possible, we decided to go get some other opinions to ensure we had the right neurosurgeon for me.
Here I am today; even though still tired at times and healing still in the works, I appreciate every day!! Yes, the unicorn can show that dreams can come true!!
Came across this article about a blood test in development to see if you have a brain tumor starting way before it is even noticed. This could be amazing to find out earlier and hopefully get rid if it before it expands!
So, yes, the chemo has made me weak, sleepy, pretty boring. But I still need to get out of the house for a bit. I visit to pick up some food and supplies means a strong mask is needed. I refuse to get sick. I, of course, ordered an even stronger mask than what the doctors said I need. Gotta be safe!
At the recent visit to see Dr. Etame, I finally remembered to ask him about what that song he was playing before the full operation. I remember this song because he did an awake operation. There are certainly some things and parts of the surgery I remember, but not all of it. When he was at the start, waiting for something to be delivered to the room, I heard him singing along to the song below. I had never heard it before, but I could feel the positivity coming in. He also helped him to focus, I believe. So, here is the “Burning Train” song with Teri Hai Zameen.
Update: It’s been 3 months since the operation and today had a visit with my excellent surgeon, Dr. Arnold Etame, this morning at Moffitt. Brain is doing much better now – a huge portion of the brain tumor (as seen in an updated MRI) was removed and the brain stem has now moved back to normal. Healing more quickly every day!
The Cube is back officially now at Astor Place in NYC! I used to pass that thing all the time when I lived nearby…and recently re-saw it in this movie “Loser” from 2000 (and took bad pic of TV) – filmed at the same time when I lived there. I know the buildings are a bit different now!