Twenty year TUMORVERSARY
Today I celebrate 7300 days since my very first brain surgery ( I have had 5)! I have had some amazing days and my share of not so amazing days. The most important take away is I was given days others with brain cancer did not get. I don’t take that for granted. So today my 20th Sept 2nd since 1998, I continue to be forever grateful I am alive. I am thankful for so many things, here are a few. First Thank you God for showing me how to take my pain and make it my purpose. My Micheal – My ONE! He has been my constant. My family ( By blood & by marriage) you know who you are, the ones who have never wavered. Life is not easy but love prevails. My friends true friends are a gift and illness will without a doubt show you who those true friends are. I am grateful for all the brain buddies I have met along the way. Thankful for: GrayMattersFoundation, Brain Tumor Support group ( it has allowed me to bless and be blessed) All the staff & care from St Joes. I am grateful for the things many take for granted until you live the brain tumor journey. I walk and talk. I do struggle with short-term memory issues but with routine, I have been able to create a system to overcome and create a NEW ME. I could go on and on with lists of things many take for granted. I will close with a simple Thank you for joining me on my journey. If you are reading this you make a difference and I appreciate you. Dr. Carrie Walters my Neurosurgeon Thank you! I am forever grateful for saving my life. Thank you for your dedication to your career.
I am also a 20 year survivor! I was diagnosed 9/12/98. Had my surgery 9/26/98. I think I met you years ago at a FL BT conference. These days I’m have a real struggle with what my drs think is delayed side effects from radiation. My walking ability is affected as well as my left arm/ hand. But like you I am so grateful to be a survivor! And love all the years that I never thought I’d see. I was able to raise my daughters to young adults. And have had a nice quality of life up until only recently. I’m trying to learn how to be who I am with my deficits. Have you had anything remotely similar?
Lisa I think this is wonderful! We are true brain buddie survivors! 10 days apart. remind me of your tumor type?