You're So Brave...

I'm so brave, at least that's what I kept hearing for 3 years straight.

I graduated college may 10th, '10 and had brain surgery the next day. What can I say I move quickly.

In February 2010 I was trying to get senior projects and papers completed and submitted for graduation, but these week long migranes for definitely putting a halt to my work, at least not helping my work to be superior. I would sit in a dark room for hours, stumble to class, and immediately return to my cave. Finally, my boyfriend talked me into seeing an eye doctor because I was squinting to read text messages. We both thought that could be the cause of the headaches, too. After several visits of changing contact lense prescriptions, my doctor tells me I have a brain tumor, rathkes cleft cyst, to be exact. All that I could think is that " he is so wrong, he hasn't looked in my head, no way".

Dads friend is a neurosurgeon and he got me an appointment for an MRI and reading the very next day, sure enough my neurosurgeon came in the room with the bad news. Surgery sounded simple non invasive, up through the nose and remove the tumor from my pituitary. I don't think it ever really hit me. I was in and out of the hospital in 3 days.

Six month follow up showed major regrowth on my pituitary so the doctor decided to go in a second time, same way, just more aggressive. Minor complications ( spinal fluid leak) was the cause of a longer hospital stay, but still, could've been worse.

Six month check up and the darn thing was back yet again. Doctor suggested a craniotomy, I agreed, kill this thing once and for all!

After a long recovery I'm doing great! I now have diabetes insipidus, hypothyroid, and life long prescription of prednisone, but I'll take it, if that's the worst that's coming of all this, I really can't complain!

I never let my fear show, maybe my frustration, but you gotta have faith in God, your doctor, and your supporters! Don't ever give up!

I've since had a clear MRI and don't need any more for a whole year!!!

RIP to my hero - my neurosurgeon. Who fought his own battle of Heath issues. I'll never be able to thank you enough!



agnesfern agnesfern
26-30, F
1 Response Sep 11, 2012

Wow.