Update: December 20, 2012
On November 11 I finished chemotherapy!
I celebrated with my friends and family on November 24th!
My friends made a gnome hat and beard for every guest that we wore for the group photo! The night was amazing!
I have just had another clear MRI.
It is now tattoo time. My Dad, Mel, Chris and Joanne have already had theirs done. Tomorrow it is me, my husband and friends Sarah, Janice and Tracy!
2012 has been a hard year and I can’t wait to see 2013!
Update: August 21, 2012
On August 7th I had my first MRI since my treatments began. After a very stressful 48 hours I got my results on August 9th. No visible signs of my tumour! Holy what a feeling it was hearing those words! Lots of tears of joy! I was sending out “tumour gone” texts to family and friends, while still sitting on the exam table!
It really was an amazing feeling to find out that my body had accepted the treatments as we had no clue what the results were going to be!
My tumour is now considered “Stable”. I am not cancer free as they can’t see into my brain to see what’s going on so I will continue my 6 month chemo protocol and will be done by the end of November, I will have another MRI at the end of September and then they will be every 3 months for the next year and then every 6 months after that.
This has been the hardest year ever and I thank my family and friends and even complete strangers who have reached out to me and provided support to me and my family.
In November after treatments are done and I’m cleared by my Oncologist it’s tattoo time! Me, my Mom, Joanne, Janice, Diane, Sarah and Laurel (I hope I didn’t forget anyone) are going for it!!
My life before diagnosis was very busy. I am a happily married mother of two children. I worked part-time as a Legal Assistant and I did volunteer work in my community.
On January 31, 2012 I had a grand mal seizure while at work. I was admitted to hospital and found out the next day after my MRI that I had a brain tumour. On February 27 I had a craniotomy which removed 99% of my tumour. On March 16th the pathology results came back and I was diagnosed with a Stage 3 Oligoastrocytoma. That was the day my life changed. The neurosurgeon didn’t suspect my tumour was cancerous so we were not prepared at all for the diagnosis.
I am having aggressive treatments of chemo and radiation right now and after a one month break, which is almost here, I will have more chemo.
This was a devastating diagnosis for my family and my friends. We just never saw this coming! We have all accepted the diagnosis now and we are all staying positive and strong. I still have moments during the day where it’s hard but I am doing much better.
I received great advice from a friend. No one can take into account the “you” factor! Your determination and your courage to beat this cancer. Everyday I think of the “me” factor. I also love the Kelly Clarkson song Stronger. This is my fighting song!!
My friends have started a garden gnome campaign. My yard is full of these friends that magically appear while I sleep. They are like friends smiling at me!
I am looking forward to the end of the treatments. I am very tired.
I don’t think too far in the future right now. One day at a time, and I just try and be as positive as I can for me and my kids.
We have a Team Debbie for the May 27th Spring Spring and I am looking forward to walking with my friends and family.
Update: I have just been invited by my friend who is a cancer survivor to walk the Survivors’ Lap at the Relay for Life here in Victoria. I have also invited two of my friends who have also survived cancer.
Debbie is from Victoria, BC