Marlene Barrows

First post: Sep 11, 2019 Latest post: Mar 18, 2020
In late 2014, I was diagnosed with a very small brain tumor called a meningioma.  I was told it was of no consequence and pretty much ignored it until November of 2016.  As I started noticing differences in my functioning, I was fortunate enough to get an appointment with Dr. Alan Friedman at Duke University's Brain Tumor Clinic.  He thought at that time that the tumor was small and probably wouldn't grow.  He did witness however, that I had a seizure while I was in front of him.   While he suggested a "watch and wait" approach to the tumor, he immediately sent me to see Dr. Radtke, who specializes in Epilepsy.  Having a seizure while in his presence was truly a blessing.  For years I had sought out a reason for these unexplained occurrences, and was told that I should see a psychiatrist by local neurologists.  

After 3 years of continued "watching", my last MRI showed that the tumor had grown large enough that it was pressing further onto my left temporal lobe and causing edema on my brain.  If I don't have the tumor removed, I risk loosing my language skills, my hearing and causing further edema, which can ultimately cause serious problems.  On September 25th, I will be undergoing a craniotomy to remove the tumor.  I feel confident that there will be no complications, leave me with no deficits, and hopefully remedy the seizures I've had over the years.  I've been purchasing all kinds of head gear to hide my beautiful new haircut and lovely scar.  And now I'm creating this Caring Bridge site so my family will be able to keep everyone updated and receive your messages without being inundated with too many calls and texts during this difficult time.

I will look forward to your messages and will make my own entries as I am able.  I truly appreciate all of the love and healing prayers you have sent.
With so much love and gratitude,