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11/21/2016 Latest post:
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Where do I start, I am Sherry's husband of 10 years, Keith. Before I met Sherry she had a benign brain tumor and had suffered from seizures for 6 or 7 years. When I met her the seizures were then under control and had been for sometime. The tumor affected her speech mainly and to some extent her memory. The medication caused her to need 1-2 hour naps daily, but she was still able to manage a full time job and had raised a family.
In the summer of 2012 the tumor became active. A laser surgery was attempted, but was converted to conventional and much of the tumor was removed. Being the type tumor it was we were told it would grow back. The surgery, tumor, and aftermath caused more speech aphasia, and memory loss, but with speech, physical, and occupational therapy Sherry bounced back. She resumed working full time after 25 weeks of recovery.
In the spring of 2016 the tumor was active again and April 26th, 2016 a second surgery was preformed, but brain swelling complicated recovery and caused more memory loss and worse aphasia. Surgery was followed by 5 weeks of radiation treatments, 5 days a week. Her last radiation treatment was July 15.
August 17 MRI Everything looked better than expected on the MRI. This was also when Sherry was told she would start feeling stronger and better; and that the hair loss she had was the extent of it. Things should be on the improve, but they were not. By mid September and Sherry had lost all of her hair on the left side of her head and her level of activity diminished drastically.
October 19th Another MRI was scheduled. It was good also, but Sherry's fatigue level was high. She fell that evening after a long day of appointments. She felt the worst she had felt to date and the fatigue was at its worst . Fortunately Sherry had no serious injury's from the fall and we started her in physical therapy and speech therapy. Sherry fell 2 more times over the next 2 weeks, followed by more doctor appointments, blood work to check for anemia, and a tilt table test to check her blood pressure. No issues. Seems there is no simple fix for her falls.
November 3rd Road trip to Virginia for Jesse's wedding. Was really worried things would go bad, but Sherry traveled well. No falls and no incidents, just a wonderful trip.
November 9th Sherry did really well at speech, but was scolded at physical therapy for not exercising at home. Physical therapy was increased to twice a week.