Then one year later, almost to the day, we discovered she now has two new tumors, "The Tumor Twins" located around that same area. So she is sent to Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion. Within the month the specialists are performing a Gamma Knife, her first. She went back to school the very next day. This procedure may only take 20 minutes, but she sat in this iron mask for seven hours before her treatment was done. Our Dad to distract her from the pain of the mask started playing games with her, which worked. The nurses said they could hear her laughing down at their station. Her next visit would be in March 2017 to see how stable these two were. All the while she wanted to make sure her family at home and at school were taken care of, she gave everything she had.
In March 2017 the checkup was great! Radiation had kept "the twins" stable. Our family began to think that maybe our lives would go back to normal. That is until June struck. Mom suffered a Grand Mal seizure and was rushed to the hospital. Her visit with her team at Cleveland Clinic was also in June. It is then that we learned the devastating news that "the twins" grew into eight, "the family"! We were told that radiation cannot keep up with the growth of these tumors. As she sat in the doctor's office she looked at our Dad and said, "I'm going to have to resign, my kids deserve someone better, someone, who can be there every day." So began the whirlwind of our changing life, again.
Mom did resign, which was so hard for her because she loves those kids like they were her own! Joey and I both know that we share our Mom with every kid that walks into her life, that is just who she is. Now she can't drive, due to the seizures. She can't work and has applied for disability, which if approved will not kick in until January 2019. Mom has suffered more seizures and actually been admitted to Cleveland Clinic. We tell her not to worry about the cost, but she does. Throughout her life, she has always made sure that everyone had what they needed, even if she had to go without. If someone needed lunch money, they went to Mrs. P, school supplies, gas money, etc, go see Mrs. P. Now Mrs. P and her family need help. It is a very humbling thing to ask for help when you spend your life helping others. Any help you can give to our family is so greatly appreciated.
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