Bio: I am a 31-year old acoustic neuroma survivor. Follow my journey with "Trudy the Rude Tumor."

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  1. Hey. I don’t know you and stumbled into your blog.

    The reason I stayed is my 10 year-old daughter was recently diagnosed (Nov. 2013) with a brain tumor.

    I wanted to thank you for sharing your story and wish you all the best.

    I’m thinking positive thoughts for you kellynugent…

    Peace to you…

    1. Hi David,
      Thank you for the sweet comment! I’m sorry to hear about your daughter. What type of tumor is it? She’ll be okay! If I can get through it, she can too! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday.

  2. Hi Kelly. I’m glad you are well and had a busy holiday season.

    Similar to you … we don’t look back at 2013 negatively. We met some amazing people and could have received worse news.

    The neurosurgeons believe my daughter has pilocytic astrocytoma… a low grade/benign tumor. This is based on the MRI and seeing the tumor while doing a procedure to relieve brain pressure.

    To be sure… they’ll do a biopsy on Jan. 6… this will (hopefully) confirm the diagnosis and help determine what type of benign tumor it is… this will enable them to determine medication (chemo) to use.

    I believe the issue is more location (brainstem) than tumor type.

    Assuming the neurosurgeon is correct in his diagnosis… chemo will be used over the long term. Jess can likely go to school.

    Surgery is an option. But the doc suggested a more cautious approach…

    Good luck with your appointment. I’m not sure what’s higher on the “yuck” scale… having a tumor… or seeing someone close to you with it.

    Similar to you… Jess is strong and tough (stubborn too… not sure if you are).

    For example… Jess got a haircut today and demanded it be really short. I know her… it’s her way… in her mind… or prempting any chemo hair loss.

    Please keep us posted on your progress. I’ll be thinking positive thoughts for you and putting out good vibes…

    Do you ever watch the TV show “Long Island Medium”? We’re open to that type of thing here… and have had some unique moments… Does any of that work for you?

    Good luck with your teaching career. I’m sure you’ll rock.


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