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As most of you know, I was diagnosed with a benign epidermoid brain tumor in 2009 and had 2 subsequent surgeries (2009,2013). While the tumor is benign, it regrows and takes up space in my skull, putting pressure on important structures, with the potential to cause irreparable damage. My follow up MRI last Sept showed growth. and I was beginning to have headaches again.
My second surgery left me with some facial and hearing deficits, so after that I researched who would be the best surgeon if I ever needed surgery again. (Which I was determined that I wouldn’t ). That search lead me to Dr Takanori Fukushima at Duke and WakeMed in Raleigh NC. Every surgery has risks and this one risks further damage to cranial nerves, affecting facial movements, vision, balance and left sided strength.
My upcoming surgery is at WakeMed on Tuesday, March 9th. Marsh and I have rented an AirBNB in Raleigh for 10 days, then We have rented an apartment in Charlotte so we can be nearer medical care and good restaurants while I convalesce. ;)
Please keep me in your prayers for a successful surgery, wise, gentle handed doctors and strength for my family. I think this is harder on them than it is me. xoxo
Hi everyone. Went back to see the neurosurgeon today and he is very pleased with how the surgery went. Says there was lots of scar tissue, of course, but he was able to get all the tumor he could find with microscope. It’s a slow grower anyway. Also thinks he cleaned up and repaired some of my facial nerve and muscles so perhaps my wonky face will improve!! I am just happy and relieved to be back on the road to recovery instead of worrying. Thanks so much for all of your prayers and love and support for my family and I. Love you all! ❤️❤️❤️