My story by Norm Walsh
On Jan. 24,2016 after returning home from a work trip in San Diego (an 8.5hr. drive). My wife Rachelle met me at the door and could see I was pretty tired from the drive, we had some lunch and I took a nap. That evening we watched the football play-off games and went to bed around 9:30pm. Sensing that something wasn't right Rachelle asked me to go look at myself in the mirror and talk to myself. I noticed the facial drooping right away and thought I was possibly having a stroke. We both got dressed and went to the ER. I was admmitted to the hospital so I could be monitored and get an MRI in the morning. The ER Dr. then suggested an CAT Scan, even though it would most likely not show a tiny blood clot, considering my signs were pretty mild. After the scan the Dr. returned in about 20 minutes, sat down and said "I've got bad news, you have a mass on your brain. and we're sending you to San Francisco immediately. Rachelle and I locked eyes knowing that our lives had changed completely in a matter of seconds. It was doubtley hard on Rachelle as she had just lost her brother to a GBM about a year earlier and though we knew any mass was not good we needed a biopsy done. 4 days later I had my surgery for the biopsy. It was determined to be a Grade III Anaplastic Astrocytoma and was basically non-operative without leaving me paralized.
I recovererd from surgery realitively quickly and spent the rest of the summer trying to live life as normal as possible in between the 6 weeks of radiation and chemo. The second round of chemo was a bit tougher and I lost 12lbs in 2 weeks, Not wanting to continue loosing weight we switched to a more tolorable dose. MRI'S 2 & 3 & 4 showed no progression which was nice to hear.
I had always had some numbness on my leftside but in Jan 2017 I started to lose mobility in my left hand, I had another MRI which did show progression in 2 different locations. Disappointing in the least but no reason to give up the fight.
At this time things are pretty much stable, but everyday presents new challanges.
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