Cancer forced me to look at reality and my time available to do what I want to do.
From day 1, October 2009, to today is a very long time - and that is the best news available!
My first surgery was October 2009 and they had to leave approximately 40% of original tumor is left in my brain. In December 2010 I had a second surgery, they cut open the exact same places as first one and were able to remove a new small tumor. I was accepted at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIH) in 2009, they were all wonderful there - they are the reason I am still alive. However in 2014 the Brain Cancer Department closed, so I "interviewed" three other choices, and I was accepted at Duke Cancer Center in North Carolina, where several of the best Brain Oncologists on the east coast are located.
I was off all treatment from 11/11/11 to 2020. 11/11/11 I was receiving the Carboplatin treatment at National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and was determined my body was done with this chemo treatment. I decided to stay off all treatments and have monthly MRIs. I had monthly MRIs for almost 2 years then they were spaced out 2 months, then 3 months, then 6 months. I didn't have to do any treatments until 2020! I went on the lightest version of Temodar in 2020 due to a very small growth showing. I did this for 6 months with no problems. Then December of 2021 another small growth was showing, so I went back on lightest version of Temodar, and the new tumor has decreased in size!
Cancer has given me a profound sense of gratitude and made me much more aware of all the good that surrounds me in both the everyday and in the extraordinary.