Laura Durant | CaringBridge

Laura Durant TeamLaura

First post: 9/10/2016 Latest post: 5/4/2017
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This journey so far has been amazing and scary. I am mostly filled with gratitude. I am still here!!!  I am still standing!!  I can't believe that I have cancer....it has taken me awhile to process that. 


Details:  My neurosurgeon told me that I probably was not functioning fully (cognitively) for several months. Things were in bit of a disarray in my house....not organized and messy. Very strange. In June?  I fell three times in my yard....about a week apart between each fall. I also fell to sleep driving twice. I also could not find my car in the supermarket parking lots...(not like the normal cannot find your car....but strange)  I went to the ER a few times and I also contacted my primary. I fell in the house on July 22 and could not get up. My left side was not cooperating with my right side. I called 911. I was supposed to be at my friend Cathy's house to begin a trip to New York but I never made it to her house. At the local ER, they did a scan and told me that I had a brain tumor and that they would be sending me to Beth Israel. Who would have ever thought?   They did surgery to remove the tumor on Monday July 25th. I was discharged on Friday. 


I am filled with gratitude. My left side is fully functional and I full cognitive function. This could have been a lot worse!! i am still finding items in the house organized in strange ways, I missed a couple of bills, and my car is still sort of disorganized because it has been too hot to clean it!!  LOL. 


I had two weeks of full brain radiation and I am still feeling side effects of that....mainly fatigue. I have an MRI on September 22 to see if the radiation helped for the small tumors in the brain. I meet with the neurosurgeon on September 26th to find out the results. In the meantime, I met with a GI oncologist and she told me they found a rare form of cancer in my GI tract and she wants me to begin chemotherapy in a couple of weeks. She was surprised to see the rare form of cancer and she is still waiting for the genetic results. 

Thank you everyone for their support. I have been amazed of everyone's support and generosity. I am deeply grateful!!  


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