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Lisa’s Story

Published on March 22, 2021 in Share Your Story

On November 5th, 2020, I woke up, started dressing for work. I looked in the mirror to right and saw everything to my left. The night before I ran a fever of 101 and assumed that I had COVID.

I headed to urgent care. Less than a quarter of a mile from my house, I turned around to return home. Arriving five minutes later, I could not remember how to open the garage door.

By the time I reached the ER, I had lost my ability to speak coherently or see clearly. Within an hour, I had a full on grand mal seizure. I underwent an emergency craniotomy to remove a large brain tumor.

Three weeks later, following a severe infection, I had a reaction to the antibiotic and completely lost the ability to speak or see for several hours. It was terrifying! Thankfully I had amazing nurses that helped me through!

Nearly four months from the initial event, I am completely healed, my only side effect is an occasional stutter and I’m confused when I am tired. I have an amazing partner, who advocated for me. Without him, I truly believe I would not have survived.

Because I am so fortunate, I want to do everything I can to help others! I especially want to help those who cannot speak for themselves!

Opinions expressed within this story belong solely to the author and do not reflect the views or opinions of the National Brain Tumor Society.

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