Decided to (finally) let everyone know about my tumor and the surgery on Facebook.  And 240 likes and 258 comments!  Thank you everyone for responding and supporting me!!

Here’s my post:

“Update – I had a big brain tumor!! It was a glioma – called an oligodendroglioma. I didn’t think I had something like this – thought it was me just being nervous. Well, went to the emergency room after having an attack at work, and they let me know I had a brain tumor. I then had an operation on my brain three weeks ago. A wonderful doctor gave me a big operation and took out a huge percentage of the tumor. I am healing now and starting to feel better. We will see the doctor soon and decide what the next decision will be. My husband, Mike, is a wonderful partner in soooo many ways and helping me sooo much!! My mom, Betty, is staying to assist here with us. I am sorry I didn’t tell everyone right away, but I appreciate all your thoughts! I am still sleepy sometimes and in a healing state, so I will get back with you!! I’ve received great cards, wonderful plants and flowers, and fun things. Thank you for your support!!

 

(Yes, adding this afterward…)  Day of my surgery.  Here’s what the surgeons and hospital call it: Awake left temporal stereotactic craniotomy with tractography for resection of temporal insular glioma.

The operation ended up taking about 12 hours I’ve been told.  I know it was hard for my husband and my mom to wait in a small room for all that time.  I certainly remember arriving at Moffitt early in the morning – still dark! I was quickly hooked up to a lot of meds with needles.  And it did relax me a lot!  I was then sent into the operation room, not very far away.  I remember some chatting between all the people operating throughout the surgery.  I guess Dr. Etame asked me questions before continuing, but I don’t remember that.  I remember hearing some music he played before commencing on the surgery.  I also remember asking for pain meds a few times when the staples were being added to my skull.  That did hurt a lot!

Next thing I know, I was sent to the “wake up” area, where a nurse stopped by frequently asking me questions.  Once I was more fully awake, I was brought to my room.  My husband and mother showed up not too long after that.  They stayed for a half hour, and I was given some more drugs to sleep well that night.