Joyce Kittle

First post: Mar 20, 2018 Latest post: Dec 29, 2018
My story is one of Faith and Hope.  My Life's Journey is no surprise to God.  He is in control and He is Faithful.  By sharing my story, I pray someone lacking hope or faith may come to realize that God loves you more than you will ever understand.  God's plan is for you to accept His Love and be guided by his Holy Spirit to walk daily in His "Will". 

During the past few weeks I have been experiencing severe headaches unlike any I have ever experienced.  I also began running into items (more than normal).  Glenn made the statement a few months ago that I had finally learned how to "chew gum and walk at the same time without bumping into things".    Oh well that didn't last for long.  I also began having difficultly reading small print.  I work at Edmondson Elementary School and review about 300 books daily.   I also wondered why the students had suddenly begun bumping into me and causing me to trip".   I also began missing the left hand turn I took each day to school.

All of the above situations were of some concern but over last weekend (March 17th & 18th) things got progressively worse.  Sunday afternoon, I laid down for a nap and awoke to a very painful headache.  I recalled a situation where a friends' husband laid down on the couch with such a headache and told his wife to go on to bed.  She awoke the next morning and checked on her husband.  He had gone "home" during the night.  Therefore, I told Glenn we needed to go to the ER.

Upon arrival at Williamson Medical Center (3:30 PM) they rushed to assess my condition since my symptoms were similar to "stroke" symptoms.  My evaluation also included a CT Scan.  The initial prognosis was a "migraine" headache.  However, Glenn kept insisting that my "cognitive" abilities had changed over the last week and it was more than a migraine.  The CT scan revealed a brain "lesion" and I was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where I could be evaluated by a Neurologist and have a MRI.

Once I arrived (via ambulance) at VMC (6:30 PM) (my CT scan was reviewed and another CT scan ordered.  I also had an MRI which lasted for about an hour.  If you have never had an MRI consider yourself lucky.  I had a 10+ headache and the MRI noise was like being inside a Jet engine.  We received the evaluation of the MRI (11:00 PM CT) from the on call Neurological Doctor.   The imaging revealed a tumor on my right brain hemisphere occupying approximately 1/4 of my right hemisphere.  This was the root cause of my symptoms.   This tumor requires immediate removal.  We were admitted to the Neurological ICU at 1:30 AM and settled to bed at 2:00 AM.  Needless to say, we didn't get much rest Sunday night.

We couldn't ask for better care than what we received on the Neurological  ICU.  The Nurses & Nursing Aides were top notch.  We met with our "lead" Neurologist/ Surgeon ( Dr Kyle Weaver) on Monday morning around 10:00 AM.  Dr. Weaver explained the MRI results and laid out the next steps.  The MRI revealed an irregular tumor the size of a lemon located in the right hemisphere (rear area).  This type tumor originates in the Brain and will not metastasize to other parts of the body.  Therefore treatment will consist of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

The surgery to remove the tumor is scheduled for Monday 3/26/18 @ 7:30 AM CT.  As stated by Dr. Weaver "the surgery will last as long as it needs to be".  Glad he has a sense of humor.  I will stay in the Vanderbilt Neurological ICU for 2-3 days.  My recovery is anticipated to last 6-8 weeks.  Based upon the type tumor (confirmed after surgery) I will begin targeted chemotherapy and radiation.

During these days prior to my surgery I will be praying for peace. wisdom and strength for my family.  I will be assisting Glenn to take over my responsibilities (bookkeeping, accounting, laundry and other great things!!!).  I pray for peace for our sons Jody and Lael as any illness affecting their parents is difficult.  Life is a "journey" and I trust God to walk by my side.  He has provided so many friends that are walking faithfully with me.

I love each of you and pray your Faith is strengthen while walking this journey with me. 

May the peace of God fill your hearts.

Love ,
Glenn & Joyce Kittle