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Meningioma after a night out

Published on September 17, 2021 in Share Your Story

My kids were young 6, 8, 13, and 14. I had been in amazing physical and mental shape at the time. I had many friends and family; who could ask for more. I was 39 at the time and it was that night in the late spring of 2009 that I went to a friends for wine and appetizers.

I had only sipped on not even a quarter of a glass of red wine in about a period of 2 hours. I made my rounds talking with many friends that I hadn’t talked to in awhile when all of a sudden something hit me hard! It took everything I had strength wise to find the restroom. Eventually, I found a way to get out of the restroom and barely said goodbye. I was so sick and I could barely see in front of me.

Luckily I lived next door. My husband said I looked grey when I got home and I literally passed out. Just like that, I was in the hospital for the next two weeks. They discovered about a 3-inch Meningioma in my right sphenoid ridge that they determined was benign. We were sure this was what caused the change of everything in my life that evening.

I was bed bound with symptoms and malaise for two months, most of which Neurologists and Neurosurgeons told me was not cause by the tumor.

Later that summer I ended up getting Gamma Knife Radiation to freeze the tumor but to this day I still have the brain tumor about the same size, along with some other health problems.

It has been a very rocky road and extremely expensive BUT I am very grateful to be alive! I know others who have are in worse situations and I count my blessings everyday! This is my story thank you for reading!

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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