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May 2015 – Survivor Spotlight
Everyone has their own personal experiences with cancer. This is my personal experience with cancer: Two grandfathers who were life-long smokers died of lung cancer when I was in grade school. My mother died of a brain tumor when I was in 7th grade and my younger sister Megan is a brain tumor survivor since 1990.
My first-hand experience with cancer came in the Summer of 2004 when I began missing work with debilitating headaches. In spite my family history, a brain tumor was the last thing on my mind when I saw my general practitioner at the urging of my wife because of, she thought, their similarity to sinus infections from which she regularly suffers. Despite my GP’s doubts about a sinus infection, he prescribed some antibiotics which I filled and took for several days.
After missing several days of work I called one afternoon to say I was feeling better and would return the next morning. My wife tried to phone me there, but receiving no answer tried our home, also without an answer. She then tried my work again, and finding me still not there, finally came home to find me still in bed and unresponsive. In case the story needs a little more drama, in June we had decided to start a family and now in September Lisa was three months pregnant!
This is the point in the story where I usually ask her, “That’s when you called 911, right?” to which she always replies, “No, 911 is only for emergencies!” So, she helped me stagger out to her car and drove me herself to the ER (where she needed help getting me out of the car!) After a quick exam, the ER staff said, “Whoa! That needs to come out right now!” (Turns out my headaches were from a glioblastoma brain tumor.)
An emergency craniotomy and two weeks in the ICU later I suffered a series of indignities:
Recovery and Remission… Back to work! But, what is my password?!...And how do I do a 40 hour a week job in 15 hours a week?!
Trouble navigating…Dude, where’s my car?!...IV Chemotherapy…Boo! Investigational Poly-ICLC…Yay! (Except for the self-injected shots)
Gains and Losses: Gained… my sweet baby boy. Lost…my marriage.
Final Thoughts: A common question… How did you do that? Answer…Do what? Wake up in the ICU after emergency brain surgery and go on living my life? What else was there to do?
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