Since 2008, I have been stalked and assaulted by breast cancer. I’ve had numerous tests, procedures and surgeries. I have lost my hair twice, suffer everyday with numbing pain in my hands and feet. I am tired most of the time. This is the new normal. But hey, I’m still here, I can work, enjoy life, make a contribution to society. The cancer has been reduced and stable in my bones and liver, Yeah!
Last week, after more testing, I got a diagnosis that threatens my new normal life. The cancer has invaded my brain and I must undergo whole brain radiation. I was in shock! I did not see that coming. The type of tumor is called Leptomeningeal Metastases http://www.brainmetsbc.org/index.php?q=node/44 The radiation treatments can cause damage to my thinking, personality and memory. That bothers me more than the thought of dying. I cannot stand the thought of not being independent, being able to read, write and think clearly. The way the radiologist explained it, my brain could age 5 years in 5 months. At that point, I lost it and started to cry.
So I have started undergoing 10 radiation treatments that take about 15 minutes each. I get to wear this lovely custom-made mask on my face to keep my head in place while I lay down on a table. And..for the third time I get to be bald again!
Because of your thoughts, well wishes and prayers, I have been a miracle survivor, and I am praying that I continue to enjoy miraculous healing and freedom from treatment side effects.