How can I put into words how much this cause means to me...
Three dates. What happened on these days changed my life forever.
12/1/16: brain tumor discovered
3/27/17: brain tumor removed
In more detail:
8/18/16: had an unexpected grand mal seizure (on our 4th wedding anniversary, and 6 days after graduating from PA school, no less). An ambulance ride, lots of testing, and 6 hrs later, Doctors attributed it to heat exhaustion and low sodium from yard work earlier that day, and sent me home.
12/1/16: "We found something on your MRI that likely contributed to your seizure. We'll follow up tomorrow"- the words left on voicemail that I'll never forget.
3/27/17: surgery day. Craniotomy with right temporal lobectomy and removal of tumor. Three nights in the hospital, details are all pretty fuzzy.
"When you're going into surgery, you worry you won't wake up. But with brain surgery, you worry you will wake up, but you won't be there when you do." -Amelia Shepherd from Grey's Anatomy
So far I've had 6 post-op MRIs that have been promising: they have not shown any growth of the residual tumor area. My doctors diagnosed my tumor as "low grade glioma- IDH wild type", and will continue to watch closely (MRI every 4 months).
I'm in the best hands possible- my team at U of M is one of the best in the country, all my wonderful family and friends supporting me through this, and I have God's love and protection with me always.
All that being said, I'm lucky to be alive- let alone in a position that I'm able to run a full marathon. Chicago has been on my bucket list since I started my running journey, but I never thought I'd be able to make it happen. When I found this opportunity to raise money toward research for such an amazing (and close to home) cause, I couldn't pass it up.
Please help in any way that you can!