Five Years of Brain Cancer

  Yesterday was the five-year anniversary of my diagnosis with brain cancer. Five years later, I’m still standing and am very grateful. 22-34% of people with my diagnosis do not live past five years. I am wistful today, though, having just watched Mr. Holland’s Opus with Hannah, Marshall, Mom, and Dad this past weekend. I am thinking about my own life’s opus. What is it? In the movie, Mr. Holland works for 30 years in the same school, teaching music. His opus is the many students he’s impacted through his teaching. The movie culminates when Mr. Holland directs a surprise […]

Brain Tumors, Seizures, and Me – Oh My!

I made an unexpected visit to the UVA Emergency Room yesterday.  I thought I was having another seizure. I’d woken up feeling horrible – like I was going to pass out.  My muscles were twitching.  I felt spacey and very tired.  Scariest of all, I had pressure and twitching on my craniotomy scar, and my face looked a bit puffier (I didn’t think that was possible – but it was).  We were afraid it might be a brain bleed. Marshall called my oncologist’s office and she suggested I take an ambulance to the emergency room.  So Marshall called 911 and […]

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