You never know if you will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. Mine started with some interesting sensations in the right side of my body. I would have these episodes for about 30 seconds at a time, but took up to a minute to recover: I felt buzzing on my right side from head to toes. It was like right before the painful point when you leg wakes up from being asleep. Its considered a positive seizure since I have the buzzing as opposed to numbness which would be negative. My vision would go dark momentarily and I also experienced a lot of uncontrollable blinking. I had syllables or phrases repeat in my head that I couldn t remember well afterward. While I was fully conscious and I
had words I was thinking during these, I could not push them out of my mouth. After the doctors thinking this was MS or a brain cyst they decided to do a preliminary surgery to get a biopsy. They found out it was a solid tumor that was right in the middle of the language center, Broccas area, along with touching the movement areas. A while after they gave me a diagnosis of grade 3 anaplastic astricytomia. So I went in for another surgery where I was awake so I could tell them how my speech was doing, and I went through the MRI machine in the middle if surgery which was interesting. I could even feel when they were sutchering and stapling my head back together. After I had recouperated from the surgeries I was put into radiation as well as chemo for 6 weeks. The radiation caused my hair to fall out, just on the half of my head where they zapped it -_- I have some great photos from that time. I took a small break and then started my 1 year of chemo. So far I am still in this process, the chemo doesnt like my blood much. For all of this year my platelets or my white blood cells have been too low, so I have had to wait for the chemo. But it will be over in November (hopefully). During this whole healing time I have tought myself how to speak again and it is coming along. And the tumor has remained undetectable, so all good news here!