Happy birthday to my sweet boy. I know he's all grown up but he'll always be my sweet little guy.
All birthdays are special. But this one even more so. Considering it was a real possibility that he might not have been with us to celebrate this latest birthday.
Last February 26 this vibrate, healthy young man underwent emergency brain surgery to remove a baseball sized tumor located behind his left eye. His only symptoms had been severe headaches. He was fortunate that the doctor he saw suggested an MRI or he likely would have suffered a seizure. Most of the medical personnel were amazed that he had not suffered seizures, memory loss or other neurological deficits due to the size of his tumor.
A few days after the surgery we heard the devastating news - it was a grade 3 anaplastic astroyctoma. (I shared a bit with you last February, when I/we were all still in shock.)
Over the course of these past nine months my boy has undergone brain surgery; hospital stays; no driving; pills, pills and more pills daily; blood work; daily radiation for six weeks; chemo for six months (he's still in the chemo treatment stage); weekly follow ups with radiologist and oncologist; paperwork, and more paperwork; dealing with short-term and long-term disability; dealing with social security; learning about patient advocates and difficulties with insurance companies....
And he's done all this with a smile and a positive attitude. "I can sit around and feel sorry for myself because I have brain cancer" he's said "or I can just deal with it." He's chosen to deal with it. Positively.
That's not to say that he's never been down. Because he's had his down times. Who wouldn't? But overall the way he has approached this battle has been quite an inspiration.
While he's still undergoing chemo treatment, the prognosis is promising. His scar is healing well and his hair has grown back quite nicely. The follow up MRIs have looked good. No new tumors and no flare ups - just want the doctors want to see.
So today it's not about sewing. It's about celebrating.