My family would tell you that it’s a rare event when I find myself at a loss for words, and yet that’s the state in which I have spent the past few weeks. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve opened my computer to write this post, only to find myself completely incapable of focusing long enough to write a single sentence. This was certainly not the next post that I had planned to write on The Unapologetic Bookworm; nor is it a topic that I ever expected to be writing about on this site… But I think it’s important for me to share what’s been going on during my recent, unexpected hiatus.
On Sunday, August 4th, my dad took my mum to the emergency room. She had been having severe headaches for most of the previous week, and had started having difficulty reading. When I joined them at the hospital, she was unable to communicate coherently. We learned that the cause of her headaches was a brain tumor; and the swelling that was associated with it was causing her to have back-to-back seizures. She was admitted to the ICU that night, so she could be closely monitored as the doctors tried to stop the seizures and bring down the swelling.
The doctors were able to bring down the swelling and stop the seizures over the next couple of days, which allowed Mum to communicate again. On Thursday morning she underwent brain surgery to have the tumor removed. The surgery was a success and, thank you God, there were no complications! Mum’s surgeon was able to remove the tumor in its entirety, and her post-op recovery has been remarkable. Because of the tumor’s location, she is still having some difficulty with the vision in her right eye, but she has been back home now since the 12th and is very glad to be out of the hospital.
While the entire tumor was removed, pathology did reveal that it was cancerous. It was a glioblastoma which, if you don’t know a lot about brain cancer, is extremely aggressive. My mum will be going through radiation and chemotherapy treatments starting very soon, which will hopefully take care of anything that has not shown up on any of the MRIs. We’re all anxious about what the radiation and chemo treatments will entail, but my Mum is a fighter and she’s doing everything in her power to beat this thing. If you’re able, we would really appreciate prayers for strength and healing, especially as she begins the cancer treatments.
The moment you hear the word “cancer,” it’s like your whole world just stops; and it takes a while to get it moving again. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks trying to process everything that has happened, but there’s still a lot that I’m attempting to work through. I will be back to posting regularly (on both of my blogs) as time goes on, but please bear with me over the next couple of weeks as my family figures out what my mum calls our “new normal.”