Natasha Paul

First post: 4/24/2017 Latest post: 7/16/2017
Welcome to my CaringBridge website. I'm using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.  Thank you for visiting and for sharing your thoughts and reflections as I share mine along this journey. 

On Thursday 13th April, I went to Whyalla for an MRI brain scan after having trouble making sense of setting a clock a few days earlier. That scan revealed three tumours on my brain, one large and two smaller ones. I headed back to Port Augusta to discuss the results with my doctor who revealed the tumours were secondary meaning they'd spread from somewhere else in my body. Immediate blood tests and CT scans from neck to pelvis followed and a tumour was identified on my lung.  A neurosurgeon was booked and an appointment to have a craniotomy to remove the largest tumour booked the following week.

It was utterly terrifying for us all, but despite this news we managed to have a nice few days at home over Easter in a little bubble with the kids, coming to terms with what this might mean, sharing the news with family and friends.

On Friday 21st April I underwent brainsurgery and it was a great success. Step one in the battle is behind us already.

I now have a comprehensive and highly aggressive treatment plan in place, including 33 radiotherapy treatments to the two tumours in my lung  area, 4-6 highly concentrated radiotherapy treatments to the two remaining brain tumours and the cavity of the one that has been removed and chemotherapy treatment to run at the same time. It's going to be the seven hardest weeks of my life, but they are confident that they'll wipe out the cancer and I'll recover.

The absolute most important thing is that I am feeling strong, confident and positive. I'm not going to waste a minute asking why me, why us? I have accepted this and I am going to do everything in my power to live every minute with presence, focus on what is important and gratefulness for what I have. My children, husband, family and friends are my world and I am going to embrace every second I have.

I have been surrounded by love since this journey started and the messages of encouragement and support, visits, laughs and chats I've had have been awesome.  I feel the healing power of every prayer, beam of light and love and positive energy and act of kindness that has been directed my way. Thank you.

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