Jaclyn Zacharias

First post: Jan 22, 2017 Latest post: Aug 11, 2022

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For several months I have been experiencing consistent and daily headaches along with extreme fatigue and generally low energy levels. I finally went to the doctor because something just felt wrong and had a CT scan & MRI ordered last week (1/12/17). That's when I found out I have a meningioma brain tumor a little larger than the size of a clementine on the frontal lobe of the right side of my brain. The good news is that this type of tumor is very rarely cancer (typically 1-2% chance). Since last week, everything has been moving very quickly. I met with a brain surgeon at Abbott Northwestern on Monday, 1/16 and am now scheduled to have brain surgery on Tuesday, 1/24/17 at 11:00am.

The surgery is expected to be longer than usual and last several hours due to location of tumor being close to my processing centers so extra caution will need to be exercised. The goal is to remove the entire tumor but again, based on its location, there is a decent chance some may need to remain to protect the safety of my speech & cognitive abilities, along with my personality. If some of the tumor remains I will likely be facing radiation afterwards. The first night after surgery will be spent in the ICU to monitor for seizures and then I will be moved to the main hospital on a neuro floor for probably 2-4 nights. There are currently a lot of unknowns in terms of what exactly the surgeon will find when he goes in for surgery and how the recovery process will go for me so Steve and I will be taking this one day at a time to learn next steps.

Overall, I am feeling very optimistic about positive outcomes from the procedure and recovery and am looking forward to getting this done with and moving on with my life! Between Steve and I, we will be posting regular updates and adding events (probably mostly meals) to our Meal Train calendar which can be found in the "Ways to Help" page. No obligations as your love and support is the greatest gift but please check this site if you are so inclined.

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