|You never expect to hear that you have a brain tumour. It has to be one of the scariest diagnoses out there. You’re not sure how to react and you go into a surreal mode where you don’t really deal with the feelings of the diagnosis, just the day to day realities of doctors appointments and schedules.
I am a 30 year old healthy mom and wife. I had no symptoms and had been living a happy and vibrant life on maternity leave from my teaching job, raising my one year old son Caden. You expect that people who are diagnosed with brain tumors have symptoms like ongoing headaches or vision problems. I am grateful and blessed that my brain tumour never gave me any of those symptoms.
Instead on a trip to go to my friend’s wedding in Vancouver, I wake up in the emergency room with my husband telling me that I had had a seizure. A seizure! Are you joking? The only time I had ever been in the hospital is when I delivered my son. We were just dancing the night away and celebrating the union of my friends at their incredible wedding the night before.
Then the news kept coming. I had a meningioma brain tumour the size of a golf ball on my left frontal lobe. A good kind of brain tumour if you’re going to get one. So as an optimist by nature, I just held onto all of the positive news that kept coming my way. I got into an amazing surgeon very quickly in Calgary. I learned that he wanted me in for surgery right away and that he felt that it was most likely benign and very easy to remove. I also learned that the tumour likely had been there for years! I had the surgery and recovered surprisingly quickly for brain surgery.
The best part was that I was able to be a bridesmaid at my girlfriends wedding a week later. I was blessed. I know that there are many people out there that are not as lucky as I was and it is very humbling. It puts your life into a new perspective.
I have heard of people recovering from serious diseases who say that life is never the same and you learn to appreciate everything in a new way. I feel that I am starting to feel that way but to be honest the shock of it all still hasn’t settled in.
All I know is that I had amazing doctors and I am extremely grateful for the advances in technology that allowed the doctors and surgeons to find the tumour and remove it. My son has a mom and my husband still has a wife thanks to all of the medical research and donations to brain tumour research.
I am forever grateful.