On Monday, February 12, 2018 I had a flash of light on the outside of my right eye. Because of my history with migranes, that's pretty much what I thought happened and was preparing myself for the upcoming migrane headache. But it never came. What did come though, was the loss of peripheral vision in my right eye. Because the vision was the same on Tuesday, I made an appointment to see my eye doctor.
On Thursday, the eye doctor did a full exam of my eyes and they work perfectly. Because the peripheral vision was still impaired, they asked me to come back the next day for a "field test". Following the exam, they determined the problem was between my eyes and my brain, and I needed to get an MRI as soon as possible. We were able to get the MRI completed on Friday, late afternoon, only so we could wait for the report to be faxed the following Monday. We obviously knew things were probably not good.
On Monday, we got the report and it was as we suspected...not good. In fact, it was very bad. Dr Mortenson, who I worked for and consider a good friend, was able to get us an appointment with a neurosurgeon here in Panama City, on Wednesday. Less than one week after my first eye doctor appointment. Dr DeSilva and his staff were unbelievable!!! He immediately admitted me to the hospital so he could run more tests. He then performed the biopsy on Thursday and the preliminary report came back as we thought and we needed to be proactive.
Since Monday, my husband John, started researching the top brain cancer centers in the country. Living in Panama City, FL has some great advantages, but it's a small community and our cancer care is somewhat limited. After the research and considering our family situation, we decided on the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. We have our first appointment there on Monday, March 5 at 1:00pm.
We don't know why God has allowed this to happen, but we know without a doubt that He planned this the day I was born. We are scared, but we also know that God is in control!