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My Trial: A Brain Tumor

So…. some details about this sorry event….
The doctor’s tell me that my non-cancerous tumor was probably growing inside my head for up to 10 years. This is shortly after I moved from Tucson, AZ to a small town in Southern Oregon.

It was about the size of a large walnut when they removed it. Being on the frontal lobe…. it affected my behavior and emotions. I was unable to work for 3 years, even though I tried to go back to teaching 3 times. I was clinically depressed but unable to cry. I became very anti-social and ended up wearing diapers, falling a lot, and near the end…. having migraines and vomiting.

My parents knew something was wrong w/me and for 2 years prayed for my health. They finally had ENOUGH of the poor medical care I was receiving in Grants Pass, and took me to their doctor in Arizona ( a wonderful man) who could tell I had a neurological problem just by watching me walk.

God provided St Joseph’s Hospital in AZ as it has the best neurological department in the nation. I had excellent doctors and care.

After 8-10 hours of surgery I was in intensive care for 2 days and another 2 days in another section of the hospital. After a total of 5 hospital days I went home to my parents AZ home for about 2 weeks.

As the optic nerve was located close to my tumor and because my brain was swollen due to the surgery, my eyesight was affected. I could not read and so my dad had to administer my meds, especially my insulin.
(Yes, I am a diabetic….GENES)
After about a week my eyesight started to improve. I was afraid I was never going to drive again and I did not was to be a burden to my folks.

In fact, my recovery was remarkably quick.
I was able to walk 1 1/2 miles without a walker two weeks after my initial surgery.

All in all….. I wished I had died. You know, no more tears and sorrow and Heaven is a wonderful place. Besides, I had no memory of being told I had a tumor and that I needed surgery so I had no fear. It was a great way to die. But God was not finished w/me yet…. and….. my son still needed me.

So after 6 months (spent in an assisted living complex my parents provided) in AZ I moved to Colorado Springs. I had the huge job of putting my life back together… step by step.

“BRAIN TUMORS ARE DANGEROUS REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE CANCEROUS. FRONTAL LOBE BRAIN TUMORS DISPLAY SOME VERY NOTICEABLE SYMPTOMS THAT MAY BE MORE OBVIOUS TO OTHERS THAN TO THE PERSON ACTUALLY SUFFERING FROM THEM.”
AMOLD ANDERSON

A brain tumor is a growth that forms in the brain, and its size and location can determine the various symptoms that are displayed.

A person suffering from a frontal lobe brain tumor can display symptoms such as severe mood swings and sudden emotional changes, the inability to distinguish scents and odors, paralysis to one side of the body, loss of memory and potential changes to the ability to exercise good and proper judgment. A tumor that bridges the left and right frontal lobes can result in a lack of coordination during walking or running.

Initial symptoms indicating the growth of a frontal lobe brain tumor can be difficult to notice. However, over time noticeable symptoms such as seizures and frequent urination will begin to develop. It is important to stay vigilant if someone you know displays these outward symptoms or others, such as personality change and mood swings, as they may not be readily acknowledged by the person suffering from them.

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