Solidly On The Schwannoma Battlefield

I did finally get to meet my newly established neuro-oncologist earlier this month, January 13th. Dell and I had never really had any involvement with Piedmont doctors regarding my seeing specialists, until Dr. Erin Dunbar. Dell’s Gastroenterology doctor is within the Piedmont system, and he’s been great for Dell. But, as far as me having…

Detox, and Determination

Hi! I know. It’s been a minute since you’ve heard from me. After I healed from the Cryoablation in September, I spent the following two months just living life. For the first time in almost a year, the insane nerve pain was semi quiet. Our assumption was that it was finally the frozen tumors dying,…

Then The Unexpected Happened

I didn’t see this coming So let’s recap. I left you guys hinged on my “more painful than expected” recovery, post Cryoablation, that last week of September or so. Though the pain never really ever dialed down, I still made the decision to proceed with work Tuesday, October the 1st. I had two appointments that…

Cryoablation Day

fREEZING multiple nERVE TUMORS So Tuesday began with a lot of anxiousness, nervousness, and some mild fear of the unknown. I was more nervous about this procedure than I was for my surgery last year. The crazy thing is, there’s really no comparison between the two. The surgery that I had last November left me…

Tears On My Pillow

Emotional Whirlwind I think we have all been there. That mental and physical state in which everything seems cataclysmic, unsure, unpredictable. That one last emotional blow that sends your faith spiraling downhill, and you find yourself face to face with the enemy of indifference. You’re in this limbo of half numb, and half conscious. You…

A FROZEN MOMENT IN TIME

From relic to revolution I’m about to embark on a pretty lightly traveled trail. Freezing tumors, instead of resecting them. Cryoablation is essentially a new age, “not even heard of,” treatment for nerve tumors. With each day that passes, brings me closer to procedure day. A couple months ago, September 24th seemed so far away,…

High Voltage

How do you begin your day? There it is. The dreaded alarm.. the beeping that you faintly hear through that half slumber you’re still in. You reach for it, in one swift full-arm reach, the stretch to shut off the obnoxious beeping that’s now echoing inside your head. In that moment, you think, “I need…