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Brain Surgery

February 18th, 2011 at 09:34 pm

My friend that I have previously mentioned had her brain tumor removed on Wednesday. Removed 99%! Smile
Pathology report not back yet, but it appears to be cancer. Frown But Dr. is very optimistic because so much was removed. Radiation will be the next step. Visited her in her room today (already out of ICU) with a plan to go home on Sunday! Boy, that sounds quick. Her spirits was very good and she seems to feel OK for what she went through. Back to her joking and sarcastic self. It looks like a large bandaid over the incision area - I would have never guessed that she had brain surgery. The irksome part of all this is the delay with the insurance approvals. It took almost a month to get everything arranged - and in a month, the tumor grew considerably. Grrr............

7 Responses to “Brain Surgery”

  1. Jerry Says:

    That is amazing that she is doing so well, and I hope that it all leads to a good prognosis for her. The insurance delay is absolutely unconscionable.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I will be taking part in the "Race for Hope" on May 1 to support brain tumor research. It is my biggest cause. I'm glad your friend had such promising results and I wish the best for her.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Like, CB I think it's becoming my biggest cause. My dh had a benign tumor removed last year and a former co-worker passed very suddenly to due brain cancer last year as well. (Plus a friend's daughter was diagnosed with a tumor last year - and I have a client who's young husband who has been battling brain cancer for a few years - very rough).

    Anyway, it seems to be going around lately. The severity seems to run the gammit, considerably.

    I am so sorry to hear it may be cancer.

  4. NJDebbie Says:

    I'm praying for a speedy recovery.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    "The insurance delay is absolutely unconscionable." Agreed.

    Our insurance may cost a fortune, but I have had friends (Same insurance) have brain cancer surgery the day they were diagnosed. I felt blessed honestly, that my dh's tumor was slow growing, and he had a couple of months to vet the best surgeon. Most people I know who had brain surgery didn't have time to choose a surgeon.

    A month to work out the insurance is absolutely ridiculous.

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    Glad to read your friend is on the mend! Big Grin

  7. SavingBucks Says:

    DF is lucky that her surgeon is considered to be one of the best in the county. We'll see how the insurance pans out for the future --- she has many MRI's on the horizon. The insurance did question the need for so many MRI's -- duh, to see what the tumor is doing - to save her life! She is doing better today - walking a few times a day and joking around. Having occupational therapy so she can care for herself at home. Has a mystery headache and still no pathology report, so she may not be home for a few more days. Otherwise, everything is right on schedule.

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