I have so many reasons to be thankful. I have had several pieces of excellent news recently. I met with my neuro surgeon and he showed me my latest MRI scan and low and behold as if by magic (or a 9 hr operations and lots of skilled workmanship) my tumour is 99.9% gone! Hurrah! I hadn’t realised until I got to the appointment how nervous I was, and afterwards burst into tears of relief. My hubby hugged me and said “it’s ok, it’s over now”.
18 months has passed since I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and what a year and a half its been, the highs of getting married, going on honeymoon, buying our first home paralleled with the all time low of discovering I had a brain tumour, brain surgery, and the rocky road to recovery I’ve been traveling on.
I have learnt so many things, but one is don’t be complacent. Make the most of your friends, family, your life! But don’t be stupid, in the busy lives we all lead it’s easy to ignore things, don’t, stop to take time out to take care of yourself. My symptoms weren’t major but they were there and had been for several years, but I’m not one to make a fuss, didn’t want to waste anyone’s time so I was diagnosed several years after I might have been if I’d been honest with myself and my doctor and not just kept on keeping on. So my message to you is be self aware.
Awareness – if you start going deaf (and you’re under 50), get tinnitus, dizziness, unexplained headaches – get it checked out. Go for a hearing test, get an MRI, don’t ignore it. I was lucky to discover my brain tumour when I did, it may have been growing for years and apart from the afore mentioned symptoms I was healthy & leading a normal life but my brain tumour was growing to a size which was peaking on disaster. When they operated to remove the tumour it was compressing on my brain stem, if I hadn’t had the op & it continued to grow … Well let’s not even go there.
I haven’t got lazy and stopped cooking – I promise, I just haven’t been trying any new recipes recently, however I have still been eating lots of yummy things and a lovely friend treated me to afternoon tea at Fortum & Mason yesterday and toasted me for being brave. The tea menu alone is enough to make me tremble with excitement with so many different teas and blends to choose from and then when the afternoon tea sandwich and cake selection came out… Well I was in heaven! Thanks A.x