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It all started August 8th when I woke up and saw purple stripes on my cat Smokey.
The rest of that week, my sight continued to decline to the point on Saturday. August 14th I was admitted to Viera Hospital and told I have two brain tumors. By that time I had completely lost the sight in my right eye and had started losing the sight in my left. Family was quick to arrive in Florida to surround and support me.
After being transferred to Holmes Regional (a larger hospital in Melbourne Florida with a neurosurgeon), I had a craniotomy on August 17th which was an attempt to save as much sight in my left eye and to remove as much of the optic nerve tumor as possible. Unfortunately, the tumor had invaded the optic nerve and could not be removed. Even before the results of the biopsy were available my neurosurgeon knew this was stage 4 glioblastoma (aka primary brain cancer). I was so out of it from the surgery and meds that I didn't understand what was going on, but my children did.
My neurosurgeon and oncologist at Holmes both said that Duke was the best place for this type of cancer, which is very convenient as my oldest daughter Lindsay lives an hour away. I was released from Holmes on Sunday August 22nd , so we started packing the Florida house and made the 8 hour drive to Aberdeen NC on Tuesday the 24th.
Of course, before we left, we had to start drinking some of the wine I couldn't taste anymore and my two ex-husbands (exes who don't live in TX) were there for a goodbye.
I am now in NC, making this my home away from home for cancer treatments and am so thankful for all the prayers, flowers, support, pictures and everything else that you all have been sending my way.