Updated on 11/27/15
Hi, my name is Dawn.
I live in Denver, CO, am 44 years old, and found out on April Fool’s Day 2015 that I have a brain tumor. I still don’t know what kind. After many consultations, the neurosurgeon whom I chose to have follow my case has determined that due to the location of the tumor, on top of my brain stem, it poses a very high-risk to perform a biopsy. The current plan is to follow the tumor with regular MRIs and if/when it grows, a biopsy will be necessary to determine treatment options.
I began a paper journal at the suggestion of a friend, to jot down my thoughts as I process this news, to write lists of things to do, and to keep a record of what I have done. Through that, I decided to write a blog to share this journey with friends, family, and possibly others going through a similar situation.
Thank you for taking time to read along… more will be revealed.
Here’s the tumor on my brain stem, which I refer to as a marble-sized galaxy named Bob. Which somehow makes it easier for me to deal with. Bob’s not that big (I guess that’s relative) but is chilling right on top of my brain stem which has prevented the neurosurgeon to take a biopsy. Apparently, this is a risky area to poke a needle into.