Hi there! Wow, it’s been WAY too long since I posted, however, you know the saying…no news is good news! I guess I felt like I didn’t have much to report about, which is definitely an excellent thing.
At any rate, a few weeks ago I had my 2 year-ish follow-up MRI and an appointment with my neurosurgeon, Dr. Anderson, afterwards, per usual. My mom and grandma were kind enough to join; thanks for coming ladies!! The MRI itself was 45 minutes or so being in the claustrophobia-trap (AKA MRI machine) which I control with deep, even breaths (think yoga breathing for you yogis out there) and not allowing myself to open my eyes, everrrr or I really freak out! It is such a relief once the MRI tech says to me, “that’s it, you’re done!” At that point I open my eyes wide, looking like a deer in headlights, beyond antsy to get out of that damn contraption.
After the MRI is complete, it’s always nerve-racking waiting to hear my results, and to view the images, but Dr. Anderson and his team need time to review them so I wait patiently. As I waited to see my doc, some of Dr. Anderson’s Doogie Howser’s came into the room to reprogram my shunt (yes, I still have Mr. Shunt; the magnets from the MRI machine mess with it, so I always have to get it reprogrammed- what that actually means, I don’t even know!), check my vitals, look at my scars and how they are healing, etc. All clear there! Shortly thereafter, Dr. Anderson came in with the good news!
“From the looks of it, the radiologist and I feel there has been no significant change in the bit of your tumor we had to leave behind.” For those of you who don’t remember, my doctors thought it was wisest to keep a small piece of Trudy in my head since it was right on my facial nerve; they were confident they cut off all the blood supply to it to avoid any sort of regrowth. That is the chunk that we are watching to make sure it doesn’t grow.
I don’t know about you, but “no significant change” sounds pretty good to me! I will go back for another MRI follow-up in a year from now. Here I am in July celebrating “two years tumor free,” with a lovely cake my family got me. I’m so thankful for them 🙂 On that note, Happy Thanksgiving to all!