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I am a 42 year old mother of four, Yiayia to one, enjoying the joys of life and nursing when I suffered a seizure and discovered I was housing a most unwanted Grade 4 GBM in my right frontal lobe. 24 hours later, I evicted the golf ball sized invader and had titanium plates and screws. To say that life becomes a roller coaster is ridiculously understated for the patient and family. To be on the recieving end of nursing care, it was an extremely humbling experience.
Standard course of treatment, six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, the months after of chemo and MRI's every 60 days. I just had my #4 post treatment MRI and have confidence that it will reveal no new growth.
I taught high school a few years, then back to school and have been nursing in the ER until literally the day before I had the seizure. I now suspect that God wants me to steer my path be an educator and oncology nurse when my course of treatment concludes.
For those before me, gone, I promise to carry the torch as long as I am here. For families, I will recommend my family to this page. For those happening across this, recently diagnosed, I will offer any insight I can as a patient from a nursing point of view.
This is a harsh and swift disease, but we are making progress, leaps and bounds by our standards in the medical industry, but still not fast enough for everyone.
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