I am a single parent, and I work freelance/self-employed. I've missed considerable time working already, and will miss significantly more time, yet, because I've just had brain surgery. Getting back to work now has been proving difficult so far, just since the biopsy (anti-seizure meds make me tired and make it hard for me to focus), and I'm going to be doing radiation therapy 5 days/week for the next 6 to 8 weeks, starting 20 February, which is only going to make it more difficult.
On 28 January, I had a seizure, and went to the ER at St. Raphael's, where a CT scan and an MRI revealed a brain tumor. I've had a biopsy surgery, which eventually revealed a malignant (cancerous) glioma about the size of a golf ball.
Because I've in otherwise been in excellent shape for an old (46yrs) man with diabetes (I was running c. 40 miles/week before this happened, controlling my diabetes with diet+exercise only), the docs believe we can beat this thing, and possibly see no further complications for 3 to 10 years after radiation.
They're not allowing me to run right now, unless it's indoors on a treadmill (I'm walking a lot, and with your help, have ordered a cheap eliptical trainer to workout in the house). They don't want me to have a seizure miles from the house, alone.
I work primarily as a freelance translator, and they say the radiation could affect the linguistic parts of my brain, which could be bad for work. I also do web development on the side.
They say I'm going to be very tired. I'm going to lose hair, but I'm not too broken up over that...it just means I won't have to run the clippers around my head as often...
I have bills to pay, and a child to feed, and I appreciate all of your help. We have electric heat and owe the electric company $900. I DO have medical insurance, so do not require assistance with medical expenses at this time, just help to pay the utilities and rent, keep food on the table.
- Mike Atwell
- Dave Neve
- Mihai Lazarescu
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