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Theresa’s Brain Tumor is Back

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The brain tumor is back...and my vision is going...and they're not even related. The pain in my head is becoming excruciating again.

No surgery this time. They want to do focused radiation. 5 days a week for 6 weeks. Ugh. But at least it's not surgery. THAT was traumatic. But, there's an 80-90% chance the tumor will not grow back after the radiation, and I like those odds. There's a big co-pay with every visit, so 30 co-pays.

A month-and-a-half ago, I woke up to some vision loss in my right eye. I've seen an ophthalmologist who has run some tests, determined it wasn't in my eyes, it's in my brain, it's not related to my brain tumor, and by the way, there's loss of peripheral vision in both eyes, too. Now I need to see a specialist-specialist - a neuro-ophthalmologist, who specializes in where the eyes communicate with the brain. Many expensive tests in my future.

This is especially frustrating and upsetting because I'm WordPress web designer, a graphic designer, and a fine artist, and I've just started painting again since my brain surgery, and now I'm losing my vision. I need to see. I hope we can stop it.

Then I found out that there is an excellent likelihood that I lose my health insurance as of January 1, 2019. I'm working on that, too.

The money raised will help me get all this taken care of. We're not sure what the symptoms will be when all this is done. I'm still working, doing graphic design and WordPress web design, I'm still painting until I can't see any more. The picture below is a watercolor I recently did of my grandson. I had so many plans for my art. Things are now up in the air.

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I can't begin to pay for all of this. I'm only 2 1/2 years out from my brain surgery in 2016, and frankly, still recovering. I've been working hard, thank goodness, but it's been exhausting.

Won't you please consider donating so I can get the health care I need? I will be so grateful for anything I can raise. It gives me more time. Otherwise, things don't look good for me. Any amount you can donate - as soon as possible - will be deeply appreciated. My grandkids will thank you. My kids will thank you. My mom and my sisters will thank you. I thank you.

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Here we are, a couple of weeks before Christmas. I have 14 radiation treatments left. I'm 2/3 of the way to my goal. I'm doing okay. Every organization you know is emailing you or snail mailing you or even calling you to ask for money. Stop the madness!

Thank you for making this treatment possible. I'm not out of the woods yet, but I'm actually feeling a little better. Hair is increasingly falling out, and I've had some some 3am wakeup headaches - both to be expected), but overall, I can't complain.

So, I'm not going to ask for any more donations, or ask for any more shares of my story. I don't want to be one more hand out. I'm blessed beyond measure by your generosity during my campaign, and my Christmas wish is that you would be equally blessed. You have been in my prayers.

I'm leaving this GoFundMe campaign up, if you'd like to give later. I complete my treatment on December 31.

Thank you so much for your help. God bless you.
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So, the side effects of the radiation are settling in. "This is the time they do," said the radiologist. Awesome. Not fun. Painful, even. Nine down, and 19 treatments left to go. I think I'll be having a wild and woolly side-effects ride that, from what I hear, should start easing up in January.

But, thank the Lord, my big graphic design project was finished Saturday, and the client is super happy. Doctor bills are coming in, and thanks to your donations, I'm able to pay them. I'm still trying to work, but your donations are allowing me to get some rest during this journey.

I'm still around $2500 shy of my goal, so please continue to share my story, but I'm so incredibly grateful for the donations I've received. I can't even imagine how I'd be able to do this without your help. Thank you so much!!

Take care.
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I thought I'd let you see where I can be found 5 days a week until the end of the year. That white thing is my crazy mask that keeps me immobile while I'm being zapped. Thank goodness the doctor was willing to cut out the nose and mouth so I wouldn't freak out from claustrophobia.

It's at the Cancer Center, even though I don't have cancer. I have a brain tumor (not all tumors are cancer) butting up against the right trigeminal nerve, the nerve that sends a lot of sensation to the right side of your face and also helps you chew. The part of the nerve providing sensation to my eye, my ear, and my upper molars is being affected. It's like an ice pick is going into my eye and the top of my head. Like a bad earache. Like a tooth infection. Not fun.

They asked if I wanted my mask when I'm done with all my treatments. Mmmm, no.
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I started my radiation, I'm technically on week 2 of 6 weeks, and the fatigue here. Boom. Getting worse every day. The fatigue is contributing to some cognitive loss. I'm working, and trying to get some projects off my plate. I'm worried about paying the bills in December when side effects will be even worse....I've only raised $4611 of my goal of $7500. If you've already donated, I'm not asking for more unless you really, really, really want to. I won't say no. If you haven't, would you consider it? Great time of the year to ask for donations, huh??? Right during the holidays? Please share my GoFundMe link with your friends, family, and networks.
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