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Waking Up To A New Consciousness

Published on January 7, 2020 in Share Your Story

Hiccups. An occasional migraine. Eye strain. Neck pain. Fatigue. Numbness in hands. These were my symptoms. Rarely did they ever occur at once. I thought it was stress, getting older, too much computer time, lack of sleep, not eating right.

On April 13, 2018, I made two phone calls that would change my life: The first was to book a massage that afternoon. The second was to 911 – just before 6PM. After the massage, I stumbled to my feet and realized something was clearly off. Everything was in slow motion. Hours later, I got up from the couch and took one step forward with my right foot. It was 5:01PM. This is all I remember. A moment later, I passed out for a solid ten minutes.

I woke up to find myself flat on my back in the middle of the floor. I’d felt no pain, no sensation of falling. I stared at my outstretched right arm and realized: My arms and legs were paralyzed, but my mind was completely and entirely conscious. Eventually, my limbs s-l-o-w-l-y came back to life. Somehow, I reached my phone to call 911.

Later, they told me: Brain tumors. Four of them. Brain surgery was the only way forward. Ten days later, I’d have my first of two brain surgeries, taking a journey few will ever experience.

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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