My brain tumor story

My brain tumor diagnosis came suddenly. I had no pain, headaches or any kind of warning. On Oct. 3, 2016, I had difficulty conveying my thoughts during a casual conversation at lunch. By 5 p.m., I just didn’t feel right and had difficulty communicating and texting. Our son, a physician, suggested I go to the ER for a CT scan. My husband and I did just that, and the world changed at 6 p.m. when the radiologist confirmed I had a large brain tumor. We headed to MD Anderson two days later. My brain tumor surgery At the MD Anderson Brain and Spine Center, we met with the most amazing and empathetic neurosurgeon, Sherise Ferguson, M.D. I immediately felt at ease knowing I was getting the best care available. She scheduled a craniotomy for the following Friday. I had no symptoms, so I went shopping on Saturday and to dinner that night. But on Sunday morning, I awoke confused and weak. We immediately went to the MD Anderson Emergency Center. After an MRI on Sunday, my surgery was moved up to the next day: Oct. 10. Dr. Ferguson operated on me for 12 hours and removed more than 95% of the brain tumor, which turned out to be glioblastoma. When I awoke, she told me that she had done her job and that my job was to listen to the therapists, do my therapy and rest. She said my husband was in charge of everything else. I am so lucky to have had his love and support through all of this. Regaining mobility after my craniotomy I didn’t feel...