Shannon Stanek

First post: Aug 7, 2019 Latest post: Sep 27, 2019
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This year has been quite the roller coaster ride.  January to March I was troubled with ear infections and worsening vertigo and exhaustion.  I saw my ENT in March and he ordered an MRI.  On March 27th at 5 PM I had my MRI.  I took a disc of the images like I always do.  At 5:30 I was back at my office and put the disc in the computer.  At 5:37 I took a photo of my brain tumor.  To say I was scared is an understatement.  I was terrified.  My kids were in the next room.  I had to get my emotions under control and get them home safely.  I had my daughter drive.  The next two weeks were a whirlwind of doctors visits, lawyers visits, bank visits etc. to be sure that no matter what my husband could take care of the business and family while I recovered.

It is now four months later.  I am back driving and working.  The bills are rolling in.  We still don't have the surgery bill, but the one time radiation bill was $150,000.  We have good insurance.  We have maxed out my annual out of pocket.  It will repeat again and max out again in January with the monthly infusions.  I am generating enough income at the practice to pay the overhead bills, keep needed supplies coming in and pay my staff.  I am trying to find an associate who can work more hours and see more patients in an hour than I can.  This site is to journal through these struggles and keep my friends and family up to date on our fight.  It is too hard to talk about face to face.  Temporal Lobe brain tumors affect emotional regulation, verbal and auditory processing, memory etc.  (  It is a long road to follow.  Join us.