I love listening to bands and music and singing and dancing!  This was taken in September at Burning Sensations Band!  Miss the bands and all my fellow groupies!

Jackie Royer

First post: Apr 3, 2018 Latest post: Apr 24, 2018
On February 12th I came home from work and started making dinner for Sam and I.  While I was cooking I was burning the  Meatballs and had no idea I was having a seizure.  Thank goodness Sam was there to witness and take over.  Later I collapsed on the floor and Sam dialed 911.  I remember coming in and out of consciensness.  A trip in the ambulance to the ER  and then admitted into the hospital on Oncology floor.  I don't remember much of the ER or ride in the ambulance.  Everything is a blur and has been this past month.  I was told I have a brain tumor and need surgery.  I was supposed to go to Mercy but requested to stay in Ames for the night to adjust to this news.  When I was released I called Mayo Clinic and made an appointment to see a Neurologist there.  The past month went so fast and I can't remember it all.  I was scheduled for surgery March 1st and released March 3rd.  Just as the doctor told me!  They got about 90% of the tumor and I need to go through radiation and chemotherapy.  It is a grade 3 astrocytoma.  I feel like I made it through the worse with the surgery the rest will be easy!  I am scared to face these appointments but know with all your prayers I can Fight the Fight!  I recoperated at my parents house in Minnesota till I was strong enough to get back to my place.  I was able to go home after I rested at my parents home with their help.  My sister came to Iowa with me to help me adjust.  I also had my son home.  When people see me they say, "You still have your hair!"  Well, I have my brain too!  It is  funny to look back and see where I am today.  I am typing this myself!  Thank goodness for spell check!  I am so blessed and grateful for all the love and support from so many people!  If it wasn't for all of you I am not sure where I would be today.  I have so many to thank for the rides, cards, meals, kind words, and invitations to help me get my mind off all this!  I am truly grateful for all of you!  Also the many prayers that were said from so many people that know me or don't know me!  I can't explain how that feels!  I have learned I need to take one day at a time.  Sometimes there's curve balls or setbacks but mostly stick to the positive and keep moving forward!  Life can change in the blink of an eye!  I am blessed and grateful for each day I have!  Thanks to all of you that have been on my team!  I appreciate you all!  Keep the prayers coming they help!

Love and hugs and prayers,