The last 3 months have been quite the journey! As you know I have shared the major events with all of you that have gone on since I’ve found out about my brain tumor back in March.
Today is a prime example of prayer’s being answered. 🙏🏼For the last few month’s I have been wondering if I would be needing a second surgery or not. The last MRI that they took right after my surgery on 5/22/17 looked as if the tumor was not all taken out. It was assumed by the doctor’s that it was not a full resection.
“I know the craniotomy took a lot out of you Mrs. Vendetti (that still feels new to be called that lol) but just so you know a second surgery may be the best possible option” said one of the oncologists. She then explained all the risks of radiation and chemo to me along with all of the side effects. I remember going into a “trance” like state and the only thing I could think of was the fact that she had just said that “a second surgery may be the best option”. The thought of going through another craniotomy was the scariest thing to me and I’ve been hoping and praying that I wouldn’t have to go through that for a second time just as I was starting to feel myself again! Of course if I had to do this again I would, but the thoughts in my head where an example of straight up FEAR.
“The last surgery went so well. Even with a leak going down my spine causing me severe pain and the inability to walk for a short period of time. How on earth would the second surgery go?”
“Would I be able to walk this time? Would I be paralyzed on one side of my body? Would I loose my smile?”
The thoughts and the what if’s went on and on but I was determined to not let fear win.
My last MRI was done on 8/22/17. My dad drove me into Boston Medical that day and I was so out of it because I had to take Benadryl ahead of time (lol). I had to take the Benadryl due to a small allergic reaction I had from the dye in one of my previous MRI’s.
There were two kind women who did my MRI. They were very nice and comforting. We got to talking and not one but BOTH of their husband’s have brain aneurisms that are being monitored by MRI’s closely. One of them was born with his and I believe only gets his MRI’s yearly now. (I truly believe you do meet everyone for a reason).
While being pushed into the MRI machine while feeling completely claustrophobic. I did not let FEAR takeover. I shut my eye’s and prayed to God the whole time I was in the machine. When I wasn’t praying to God I was praying to my Papa<3. While I wasn’t praying I was meditating. I was solely concentrating on my breathing. (inhaling courage and exhaling fear) Before I knew it, it was over and my Dad and I went to have dinner in Boston to avoid rush hour traffic. Any excuse for me to eat and I’ll use it lol!
My follow up was today 8/30/17. After my MRI I waited a few days and called my doctor to see if he could ease my mind a little with giving me some sort of results over the phone. I got a phone call back within the hour and he said “Danielle we are very please with your MRI. We see no trace of any remaining tumor.” I was in shock because I thought they were almost positive that they didn’t get it all out. We spoke a little bit more over the phone and I thanked him for calling me ahead of time because he could’ve made me wait until the 30th.
Today’s appointment I saw the results with my own eyes. I will be receiving MRI’s every 3 months at this time to be monitored. He explained to us today that there is no sign of the tumor but since the tumor was malignant (low grade glioma) we have to monitor and assume there are still cells left. I asked about chemo/radiation at this time and if they were needed or advised. He said no and IF the tumor grows back then they will go forth with treatments. Here is the picture that I have been praying for:
On the left is the MRI right after surgery on 5/22/17 and the right is 3 months later which was taken 8/22/17! I did have a hematoma after surgery which is a pool of blood between the brain and its outermost layering. This is fairly normal after the surgery I had but it has gone down significantly to the doctors surprise. He said it went down more then he thought it would’ve within the last 3 months and it must be my age on my side. (I’ll take it lol)
This is it for now! I will keep my blog updated more then I have been! Thank you again for the continuous amount of support and prayers! It means the world to me!❤️