Jennifer Fernjack | CaringBridge

Jennifer Fernjack

First post: 6/10/2016 Latest post: 8/24/2016
After failing a peripheral vision test two years in a row with my left eye, my eye doctor referred me to a specialist.  The specialist in turn, ran some more tests and grew suspicious after he took some pictures of the inside of my eyes.  Based on his recommendation, I had an MRI the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  The very next morning, I received a call from the specialist with the news that the MRI results show a brain tumor in my Cavernous Sinus. I also learned that the tumor is roughly the size of a golf ball, and that because the Cavernous Sinus is so vascular, I'm likely not a candidate for surgery. The tumor is actually pushing on my optic nerve and partially encasing my carotid artery. Thankfully the specialist was able to refer me to the Mayo, so they will come up with alternatives to surgery, e.g. radiation.

On Monday, June 27th, I have appointments at the Mayo with an ocular surgeon, a neurosurgeon, and an oncology radiologist. Given that the eye specialist and the radiologist who read my MRI results think that the tumor has been growing for 15-20 years, it's "likely not cancerous", but I'll get confirmation at Mayo.  Prayers for wisdom at Mayo and for a sense of peace for me and my family would be greatly appreciated.  I'll know more after June 27th!

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