Hello family and friends. I am trying to update this site with more information. Below is a quick overview of how I got here........ .
Firstly, I can't thank ALL of you enough for the love, support, words of encouragement, meals for my family, car rides, texts, FaceTime, care packages, takeout deliveries to me .... . I FEEL THE LOVE!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! It is especially difficult because of COVID. I can't have any visitors and it's the holidays.
How I got here................
In June 2019 it was discovered I had a benign tumor in my spinal cord. I thought I just had a herniated disc. I initially went to a non surgical orthopedic to check out my back. After a few X-rays they wanted to perform an MRI. The MRI showed a mass in my spinal cord.
The next of course of action was to monitor and continue to test my neurological abilities. My neurological test were great despite my numbness in my feet and lower legs. Honestly, from day one my doctor always seemed shocked how well I was moving.
I more or less lived with the pain, numbness and tingling for two years. My symptoms began to increase in the late winter 2020. Some of you were with me at a volleyball tournament in Orlando. I was in such pain I had to have a steroid shot.
In September, my quality of life really began to deteriorate and took a toll on my emotional/mental health. I WAS in chronic pain, taking pain killers/muscle relaxer meds (which I hated!) and could not do the things I love anymore. I requested to have my next MRI sooner which took me down the path to surgery on December 7th .
Dr. Rodts, my neurologist that performed the surgery was outstanding. His team was amazing while I was in Emory Midtown Hospital. I stayed a week in the hospital.
December 14, 2020 I arrived to the Shepherd Center via a short 10min ambulance ride. When I arrived ......all I can say was WOW!!! Plus, I was able to see Greg for about 6 hrs. I was so happy to hug his neck!!