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Surgery Day, Feb. 11, 2016

Twitter tag: #brainsurgerylive

 

5:44 AM

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”Fran Cannon Slayton, morning of surgery” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I woke up with the song “She blinded me with science” by Thomas Dolby on my mind. [/pullquote]

I woke up with the song “She blinded me with science” by Thomas Dolby on my mind. I thought I might start shouting “science!” during my surgery, thinking it was funny. Those of you who went to high school and college with me will probably remember the song, and how the word”Science!” Must be shouted with a fake British accent. I think my neurosurgeon is too young to know this song, so I am going to try to refrain from actually doing this during my surgery. He might just think I’m weird, and we wouldn’t want that.

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”Fran Cannon Slayton, morning of surgery” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]…I am going to try to refrain from actually doing this during my surgery. He might just think I’m weird, and we wouldn’t want that.[/pullquote]

I actually downloaded the song and listened to it a little bit this morning. It made me laugh. But then I stopped it, in favor of my theme song “Love and Mercy,” which is exactly what I need.

My hope is to stay in and appreciate and be grateful for each moment I go through this morning. It is a big task, but I think it is possible.

While I know I am the one who must walk this path, I am aware this morning that I do not go into it alone, that this journey is not just mine, that there is grace and love going with me. I have food for the journey. Thank you for being that food. Will look forward to “talking” to you via blog later today.

Love,
Fran

5:57 AM

Photos of Fran readying for surgery.

Dressed for Brain Surgery Today

Ready for Brain Surgery Today

Fran Cannon Slayton, ready for brain surgery today.

My Surgeon & Me (snapped earlier)

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”Fran Cannon Slayton, before surgery day” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Me and my surgeon, Dr. Asthagiri – the man to pray for![/pullquote]

Dr. Asthagiri, surgeon, and Fran Cannon Slayton, patient

Fran with her favorite UVa neurosurgeon, Dr. Ashok R. Asthagiri

 

9:50 AM

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”Fran Cannon Slayton” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Ready to roll to OR[/pullquote]

Ready to roll to operating room for brain surgery

 

11:06 AM

I am awake and the doctor is looking at my brain. My head hurts a little where they have put the bolts to keep it still, and my IV is bugging me. The doctor says everything is going great and if the IV is the worst thing bugging me, things are going well. Next update around 1:00pm. Love,
Fran

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”Fran Cannon Slayton, during brain surgery” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I am awake and the doctor is looking at my brain.[/pullquote]

11:46 AM

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”Fran Cannon Slayton, during brain surgery” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I can feel them taking out my tumor and it is kind of weird.[/pullquote]

Love, Fran

12:19 PM

It is not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I am thankful to have Stephen (nurse) helping me the whole way.

2:29 PM

Fran’s OR nurse called Fran’s husband, Marshall. Here’s that update:

The nurse reported that the doctors are closing Fran now. After removing the tumor, they did an MRI in the OR and found some additional tumor. The doctors went back in and took it out. Everything went well. Thanks to all for your prayers.

Love, Marshall

6:19 PM

Recovering from brain surgery today

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”Fran Cannon Slayton, recovering from brain surgery performed earlier today” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I made it to the other side of Thursday.  Thank you for your prayers.  They mean more than you know.[/pullquote]

 

Day after Surgery

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Well, here I am! Apparently most of my brain is still in tact-personally I don’t really notice any differences, although Marshall says my “filter” is gone so maybe I am going to be a little more direct in the future? [/pullquote]

Day after brain surgery - Fran Cannon Slayton

The day after.

Well, here I am! Apparently most of my brain is still in tact-personally I don’t really notice any differences, although Marshall says my “filter” is gone so maybe I am going to be a little more direct in the future? Joking. I think that is just a convenient excuse I will use!

Joking. I think that is just a convenient excuse I will use!

Anyway, I am definitely swollen, and they tell me I will be more swollen tomorrow-I might have two black eyes. We shall see. More pictures soon. Please keep praying for me as I recover.  Quite unbelievably, there is a possibility I could go home tomorrow (Saturday!). But I think it is more likely that I will go home Sunday. We’ll just have to see how it all goes. Truthfully, I am not in any rush.

Of course, I could not have made it this far without you all behind me. Of course. Of course! I am very, very mindful of this, and I am forever indebted to you.

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Lisa
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Hi Fran, It was wonderful having brunch with you and Marshall on Sat. After you shared about your brain surgery, I just had to read your blog post you mentioned writing during the surgery. I am very glad for you that you had a successful surgery and I pray that you continue to recover successfully. What a blessing! I hope our we cross paths again. Tell Marshall I think he is hilarious, and that he is a lucky guy to have such a kind wife. With a heartfelt bow and deep gratitude. Lisa Brown
Fran

Lisa – I have been thinking about you during the last couple of weeks for some reason, remembering our girls in the Bearettes! I hope eighth grade is going well. I hope our paths do cross again, soon, maybe for lunch? I hope you get this comment response…

Lou Hart
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Lou Hart
Blessings, peace, and love for Fran——you, a wonderfully brave soul. Your spirit and grit inspires us.

Fran

Thanks, Lou! There are some days that I definitely feel grittier than others, that’s for sure. I’m starting to feel the bumps more in the last couple of days, but I’ve been expecting that to happen, so no surprises there. There’s a lot to process. I’ve just got to keep at it.

Cindy Stegmeier
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You continue to be a ray of light in the midst of your own brain surgery. I’m so glad you are home. You , and your spirit amaze me! Sending love to all of you.
Cindy

Cindy
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Fran,
Heard about your surgery via Theresa Bielecki today. It’s been quite awhile since the fencing team at university. I left for Japan after graduation and was out of touch with all after that. I see from the blog that you came out of surgery fine. I hope you continue to do well. You are truly inspirational.

Fran

Cindy – thank you for your good wishes for me! And for finding me so many years later. Would love to hear about your Japan experiences one day.

Barbara
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The other thing I admire is your approach to the illness. Great sense of humour.
Love it. Hugs to Hannah.
B

Barbara
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Hurrah!! Fran I am so happy all went well. The only thing I am uneasy about is the technology – you blogging while the tools are diving in your brain…. 🙂
Still pray to JPII !
Love
B

Fran

They had it all under control, Barbara! No extra tools in my brain – they just listened very well to what I had to say and then shared all of it with Marshall, who passed it onto our friend, Nick Stone, with Charlottesville SEO Web Development, LLS Search Marketing & Web Accessibility.

Thank goodness for people whose gifts are so diverse from my own!

Anne
Guest

Fran, we are still covering you with healing prayers and hoping that you are resting at home. Happy Valentine’s day!
With love,
Anne and Mark Carbone

Fran

Dear Anne and Mark – LOVE being covered! Thank you!

Laura Humbertson
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God bless you and your family! You’re all in my thoughts and prayers

Fran

Thank you, and love, Fran

Sarah-Susie Wilson
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So grateful that your surgery went well, and will keeping praying for you, your family and your doctors.

Fran

🙂

Sarah Hathaway
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Fran you’re in our daily thoughts and prayers.Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Des Colores.

Fran

Thanks for being here with me, Sarah!

Debbie Gordon
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Fran,
You are amazing and so, so strong…and funny too! You’ve always been an inspiration since my Cursillo weekend when I was blessed to have you as my table leader. I deeply treasure our friendship and your spiritual guidance. We’ve been praying for you, your family and surgical team. Your blogging through this experience has been helpful to many. For me, you’ve helped me to see ‘something bad’ through the lens of compassion, mercy and patience. (Never crossed my mind to love a tumor!) I love you dearly and continue to lift you up in prayers. Hugs and much love,
Deb

Fran

Deb – thank you so much! It has really been hard to see anything but goodness on this journey so far. Thursday was indeed rough on many levels, but it is over and truly just a part of the past now. So hard to believe. I didn’t even need to cry that day, unbelievably enough. Each moment had what it needed, at just that particular time. It was quite an amazing, amazing thing.

Christy Soulsby
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Your friends, Jim and Christy Soulsby, in Cumberland, MD have been praying like crazy for you to get through the surgery with flying colors and HEAL quickly!!!!

Fran

Thank you, Jim and Christy! I need all of your prayers, that’s for sure – and will for a long time to come. There is still a lot of healing work that needs to be done inside of me, even though the outside seems to be coming together pretty well so far. It will be a long, long journey. We’ve only just begun!

Sue D
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Fran,
I’m just adding my prayers, amazement and admiration to the choir of prayer warriors surrounding you. There are no words to describe how amazingly you have chosen to deal with this very “unexpected journey.” Holding you in the light and praying for complete healing in the days ahead.

Fran

Thank you, so much, Sue. I can feel my “tired” stage coming on right now. Almost time for lunch and a nap. Such a busy day!

Ben Ray
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Fran,

After a day’s hiatus, it’s so good yo see you again and your puffy face!!

Ben

Fran

What do you mean, “puffy face?”

Ha!

Anne Bear
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Fran~you always amaze me!!! Even through one of the most challenging periods of your life, you perform like a ROCK STAR!! Keeping you in continual prayer as you recover. Lean in on the Word of God as you take on your healing. He is with you and has great plans for you life as a living testimony of His power and provision. Bear Hugs and Love~Anne “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”… Read more »
Herb Ely
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Fran, I had a 10 lb benign tumor removed from my abdomen in 1983. I got home just at the start of the NCAA basketball tournament and was very tired. It was my duty to get lots of rest by watching almost every game – except when I slept. Prayers of thanks for your successful surgery and for a good recovery period. Find something that you like and indulge yourself.

Fran

I have to say, Herb, a 10 pound tumor is nothing to sneeze at! I was in the hospital myself in 1983 for 7 days following an appendectomy and ovarian cyst rupture – 4 days longer (okay, 3 days, who’s counting?) than this brain surgery episode. It’s hard to believe how medicine has changed in those years. I’m pretty grateful that it has. Just amazing.

Chris Grady
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Fran, I think I probably speak for most when I say, that the only way you’re “indebted” to us is to focus on yourself and your family.

Fran

Oh, Chris – even from our high school days, I’d take dollars to donuts that you remember what an independent-minded person I have always been! I am indebted, though – truly, deeply, and in ways that bind forever and ever. It’s a good thing. Thank you for being a part of it.

Keri-Ann Byrne
Guest

Fran, you’re not indebted to any of us. We’re just loving you!

Fran
Hey Keri-Ann, I don’t think “indebtedness” is a bad word anymore. Indebtedness just means that we are all fundamentally interconnected in ways that we don’t really see or understand – where it appears that we control all that is going on around us. But this experience of brain cancer has really peeled that idea back for me completely. I am not as independent as I once thought. I am held tightly in a web of love and trust that allows me to think and believe most days that I “do it on my own” – but I don’t. None of… Read more »
Sheree Frazier
Guest

Looking good Fran! You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Fran

Thanks, Sheree! it is really good to be, mostly, upright!

Debbie Rondeau
Guest

My dearest Fran,
I think you look absolutely beautiful! I cannot believe you might be able to go home so quickly, where you will continue to be surrounded by love and family! I am so thankful to God for helping to heal you! God keep you strong my dear, and ever faith-filled! Love you. Debbie

Fran

It really is hard to believe – especially after my one-week hospital stay in 1983 as I recovered from an appendectomy and ovarian cyst rupture – that I could possibly be out of the hospital and recovering at home today, just four days after brain surgery.

Hannah just watched Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home today with my mom. In it, Bones gave a man a pill in a hospital and “he got better!” To which Bones inevitably replied “Barbarians!” or something like that!

No time of Barbarians for me!

Sandy
Guest

Fran,

Charlottesville Catholic School is praying for you!!!! You are going to get 100 percent better, I know Jesus is with you. You are beyond brave and amazing. I love you!!!!
xo Miss Sandy

Fran

Thanks, Miss Sandy! I really don’t feel very brave, though. At least most of the time. I feel really well-loved, and extremely well-supported. And very well held. All good, good stuff.

Nicole Clarke
Guest

Wonderful!

Fran

🙂

Donna Ostrowski
Guest

You are incredible, God is so good. We continue to lift you all up in prayer..
Love, Donna.

Fran
Please do keep lifting us, Donna. We need it! I am eating like a racehorse, I have to say. Just eating us out of house and home! I never, never realized how much food has to do with how well we can be. My body just seems to be eating it up constantly, trying its hardest to get to a point of feeling well and good and whole again. It’s going to take a lot of energy on my part. I learned two days before surgery that my thyroid disease is caused by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This is an autoimmune disease,… Read more »
Chris Schnittka
Guest

Oh, Fran! I just learned of this. You have been on my mind for months! Your blog is fantastic and I’m SO glad you are sharing with us all. Your spirit and honesty really touch me in a profound way. I love you and will be knitting you a hat. But knowing you, you’ll be rocking the new do. Xxxooo x 1000

Fran

Thanks, Chris! I am really looking forward to a new hat! Can you make sure I can wash it pretty easily? That is one of the things the doctor wants me to make sure I can do. Apparently hats get dirty pretty easily – who knew?! I’ll bet you did 🙂

Susannna Holstein
Guest

Fran, I just found out about this the other day. What a woman you are. Humbled by you. Rest, my friend, and heal. Your many friends will take care of the praying for you. Sending love and hugs.

Fran

You look great, Granny Su! You always do! Thanks for the prayers. WV prayers are especially good ones 🙂

Alma Hale-Cooper
Guest

You’ve been continually in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. You are an inspiration to all of us who are with you in spirit. Love, Alma

Fran

Thanks so much, Alma! You know I need those prayers right now – please keep them coming!

Ricardo Padron
Guest

Wow! I’m glad you got through everything yesterday. Hope you get to rest today, and that the post-operative pain is not too bad.

Much love,

Ricardo

Fran

Hi Ricardo and Zoe and Santiago, You guys are wonderful. Hope Zoe is still doing well, too. It is a long haul to wait, but there are worse things, too. I feel so happy to be able to move my head around again – what a liberation!

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