Or maybe it is something entirely new. Regardless, I have a brain tumor.
After six weeks of balance issues and constant nausea, I went to my ENT who ordered lots of tests, starting with an MRI. And there it was. 2 x 2.1 x 3.6 cm tumor in the part of the brain that controls movement, balance, and coordination. (Imagine a list of obscenities here…)
Things have been moving very quickly since then. The most depressing information came from a neurosurgeon: too deep to operate (it’s smack in the middle of the brain) and too big to do “gamma knife” (focused radiation). He suspects I am headed towards “standard radiation” which I understand to be the whole brain. What? I can’t afford to lose healthy brain cells!
I’m hoping that my radiation oncologist will disagree and attempt the focused radiation anyway. We’ll see.
I think back on the previous 32 posts I have done about my 2020 adventure with breast cancer. I included thoughts of love and gratitude and beauty – a lot of sappy stuff. I may return to that later. In the meantime, I am just ticked. And afraid. But as a friend said, you can now use the “I have a brain tumor” card!
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