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!
OK, OK, this book did not release today. But I found out about a book written by a woman who certainly helped me! She had a similar brain tumor situation as I did! Her’s is a Pilocytic Astrocytoma, while mine is an Oligodendroglioma.
Ms. Geraline DeRuiter writes a lot on her blog, The Everywhereist. Her blog is mainly about travel, but she also has some great pieces about how she went through having a brain tumor (see the blog topic here). She continued on her travel passion even after having brain tumor surgery and healing. I am excited to read all about her overall life experiences in her book called “All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft.” After reading a lot on her site, this book looks like it will be a great one! (FYI, if anyone wants to buy on the Amazon site right now, there is also currently a $5 off $15 or more on your purchase of printed books – use promo code BOOKGIFT17. Not sure when, but this promo code will expire sometime soon.)
Hello all! I am working on The Gail Spot site a lot. Thank you for stopping by! I will be adding more blog posts from now and from a couple of years before now. These will be mostly open posts about going through and learning about a brain tumor. I am also working on adding more pages with information that I come across; of course, that will only be topics that I love!
You will also notice an addition of advertisements here. The main idea is to assist in paying off all the remaining surgery and treatment bills. Any clicks are welcome!
You are free to add any comments on any posts! Good or bad, I’ll take it 😉