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NYC, Graduation, Brain Tumor, and a Juice - My Life

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Well, this has been a crazy year. After completing an amazing 8 month internship in New York City in February, I went back to Pennsylvania to finish my Bible college program. Since October of last year, I'd been going to the hospital to see specialists because I've been experiencing bad chronic headaches and hearing loss in my right ear. I suspected I had migraines, as did the doctors, and I just wanted some pain killers. The hearing loss alerted the doctors, however, that it might be more than migraines. So, after five months of doctor visits, I had an MRI in February. I was already back at college at this point, so I went to New York City for the weekend to have the MRI. I'm Canadian, so my insurance would only pay less than $100 on a $3000+ MRI, so I went on Bellevue Hospital's amazing red card program, which charges you based on a sliding scale. I was at the bottom lol, so it only cost me $150. I ended up with $10,000 of bills and only had to pay $200!! I really believe that hospital was God's provision. So, anyway, back to February. I had the MRI on a Friday, but of course they won't give you results right away, and I had to leave on Monday. So I booked a follow up appointment for a Monday in March. I left PA early on the train and rode for three hours to NYC. I went to the hospital (with a pitstop to buy some heels on sale :D ) for my 2:00 PM appoinment. I had to get back on the train at 5:00, so I figured I'd have enough time. I didn't get in to my appointment until 3:30, so I was worried about missing the train. The ENT came in and told me I had an acoustic neuroma, a non-cancerous brain tumor. I had suspected for a few months that it was that since my symptoms were unique. Anyway, I basically said "Thanks, gotta go catch my train". I rushed to medical records before they closed, ran into Starbucks, and hailed my first cab (crazy after living in the city for eight months lol ) back to Penn Station. I made my train and was back on campus by 9:00 PM, when I told my close friends that I had a brain tumor. They all knew what going to the city for, but it was strange telling them anyway. "Guess what guys? I have a brain tumor". Kinda crazy lol

Anyway, I graduated on April 21st, and barely made it to graduation. I had to go the the emergency room because I had the worst headache of my life and I was vomiting. Thanks to the prayers of my friends, family, and classmates, I made it to grad. I was 20 minutes late, didn't shower, do my hair, or do my makeup, and I was still in my sweats. But I was there!! My headache was completely gone and I felt amazing all during grad, then after it started to come back again. God is so good! :D

So,more recently in life, I saw the ENT here and am most likely going to have surgery next month. I'm a good candidate for surgery, and it should go well. The only bad part that is that I will lose my hearing completely in my right ear. But hey, it could be worse. And maybe I will be healed and not need surgery. I feel like every person I know is praying for me. I've just been blessed so much by the people God has placed in my life :D

I bought a juicer, which I am loving. I don't really like veggies, but I can drink them juiced. I am more motivated than ever to be healthy. They don't know what causes the tumor I have. It's completely random. But so many cancers, tumors, and diseases can be avoided by a healthy lifestyle. I don't want to go through something like this again someday just because I didn't have a healthy lifestyle. That cake's not worth it.

This is a link to an article on SP about acoustic neuroma
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