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well, technically yesterday was the day, but  my internet was wonky *grumbles* stupid fronier.......but.....

It has been   three  years to the day that   I woke up with a splitting headache and blurred vision. I stumbled from my room to the kitchen. I vomited on the  floor, and  Dad  thought I might be nervous about beginning my winter semester in a week or so. He left for work, The headaches continued, as did my blurry  vision. And I kept looking at the clock. It was 7:15...but it didn't look right. I knew something was wrong. I told Mom to bring me to a local hospital where the Nurses did a quick CAT-scan. The results were not  good, and d I was rushed, via Ambulance, to a larger hospital an hour away. I spent two weeks there following a 9 and 1/2 hour surgery to remove a lemon-sized ""penal glastoma"(type of tumor)  from the centre (pretty much) of my brain. It turned out to be malignant, and it was blocked in plastic, and sent to various places - NYC, Boston, etc, for further study. The study in Boston revealed several different types of cancer cells within it. During my stay in Neuro-ICUU, several of my friends visited. One friend told me her stepbrother had, a few days before, been diagnosed with a brain tumor. This is when stories started to trickle in about several  people - at the last count,- 5 or 6, possibly 7 other people in my small farming community to have had a brain tumor.   An environmental  study revealed two large toxic waste dumps in the town, full of chemicals discarded by factories, AND pesticides that were dumped by farmers. These chemicals were  were not approved by the USDA.

One night, I went unresponsive for 7 seconds The doctors decided to place a shunt - plastic tube that goes from mt skull to m  my abdomen, , and drains my cerebral-spinal fluid - since, apparently, after procedures like this, it has trouble draining itself. A second surgery was done, fortunately nowhere near as long as the first one.
I finally left the hospital and spent a week at home, resting. One of my grandmother's lifetime friends, who lived in Houston and had worked at M.D. Anderson cancer treatment center of America heard about what had happened, told grandma, "Bring her here.". 2 long plane flights later, we were at Houston. We spent a week there while one of my friends l from high school looked after our house and our pets. But we found, back in NY to  give me radiation and full-time chemo. And we returned. Not before seeing the Houston Zoo, however. I have mixed feelings about zoos, but Houston's zoo was a example of a GOOD zoo.

A bunch of other thing happened to family/friends that year  too. My cousin  lost her  baby, my uncle's  business burned  to the ground, my pet horse (who was/is staying at a friend's  house, she is the black and white one  in this pic:  Pile o' paints by Thylacine333  my  classmate lost her mom, another classmate was held captive by  her boyfriend andbeaten ......a ton of thinngs went on that year.

Back in NY, I went thru full-time chemo and daily Radiation for  6 weeks. I am still on that one particular type - it is called temmedor, and every two weeks bow, I get a dose of a different kind of chemo called  vastin, which is fed into my veins through an IV. It does not have as many side effects as Temmedor, but it is still uncomfortable. 
I have also had to have weekly blood draws, as well as 4 platelet transfusions when Chemo made their numbers too low for comfort.  I have had damaged nerves, I have lost 90% of my hair,  and I have struggled with my memory and coordination. And I have been placed on a 2nd kind of chemo. I have also had a laser surgery recently that, because the machine kept going down, lasted 11 hours.

I am so glad   to put that  terrible year further and further behind me, though. As I  said in Neuro-ICU - "It is another rock I  have to kick out of the road".

This… became stuck in my head when in neuro-ICU. It has stayed there since then. Through the cycles of chemo, rhrough the full-time radiation, and though all the struggles since then.

oh, and this album :   locusts and wild honey by Thylacine333
  • Mood: Thanks
  • Listening to: The Crimson wing OST
  • Reading: Hellboy
  • Playing: Lumosity
  • Drinking: Tea


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United States
Deviously procrastinating...

Current Residence: Central NY, in Redneck Haven
Favourite genre of music: Rock? Progressive Rock?
Favourite style of art: Realism

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