Tara McCoy Epperson And in Tara's Corner...

First post: Feb 8, 2018 Latest post: Apr 10, 2018

In June I was was supposed to have an MRI to check for a possible B9 tumor because of my sudden hearing loss in my right ear. That was put off when I wound up in the ER for Shortness of Breath. The Drs. Cancelled that due to my breathing problems. After some follow-ups  the week before Christmas for my breathing problems he said it was okay for me to get my MRI scheduled they had an opening for me to go Friday the 22nd at 9 p.m. On Tuesday December 26th I got a phone call from the doctor telling me that I do have what is called Vestibular Schwannoma, better known as Acoustic Neuroma. It is a benign tumor around a nerve. the type of nerve that relates to hearing loss and balance. It's an abnormal tissue Mass where nerve comes out of the brain stem. It is slow growing, likely been there a long time. At that point of the phone call he said there is no emergency as of now. It is a Very Rare, fewer than 20,000 u.s. cases per year. I had an appointment January 23rd to go over images and a treatment plan.

 while I was at church for our annual New Year's Eve party, around 5:30 all of a sudden it just happened..super hot,sweating,flushed face, dry heaves ,dizzy couldn't see straight, room spinning,hands changed 3 different color, shortness breath, real weak,and lathargic,hard to talk. Thomas and Karen had to basically carry me out of bathroom into car. Thomas brought me to the ER was there for about 3.5 hours,hooked up to IVs and such. That's where they actually showed me the images that he could of my brain.. they're running a few different tests but then it went to the possibility of having to be transferred to St Joes last night to meet with the neurologist in the morning, but then when the neurologist was looking at the pictures they decided to send me home but bumped up my January 23rd appointment and said that somebody will be calling me Tuesday tomorrow for me to come in to their office on Tuesday that same day to go over stuff but it bumped my ENT doctor out of  the way. With me   meeting with the nerosurgon. So I'm glad that they're on top of everything, thankful for that but we will see what's going to happen I don't like the  word surgery. So it is All in the Lord's hands. Since hearing the initial news of the diagnosis, I have been at peace. I ask for prayer for my continued Peace, Prayer for peace for Thomas and my family. I truly believe in the power of Prayer. As I am a Childhood cancer survivor of Leukemia. And the amazing Lord already spared my life. God is good! Thank you all so much for your prayers, love, and support. Each one of you mean so much to me!

Tara Epperson

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