Lisa Moran Battles Brain Disease

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I need your help.  As if stage iv lung cancer isn't enough, I've been diagnosed with an ultra rare, incurable, progressive, brain disease called Moyamoya.  1-10 in a million are diagnosed with MoyamoyaDisease.  Because I was at a high risk of stroke, I opted to have a brain bypass surgery to return blood flow to my brain. The surgery was successful.   But days later I did suffer a hemorrhagic stroke and was admitted to an acute rehab facility in California.  

I should have only been in the hospital for2-3 days after the original surgery. I ended up in the hospital for a total of 33 days including pre-op testing, brain surgery, emergency brain surgery and the acute rehab.  Insurance does not cover missed wages, out of pocket medical bills or household expenses. I have exhausted all my sick leave from work with lung cancer treatments and appointments.  With this Moyamoya and stroke journey, I am left with no paid time off.

Your donation, no matter what amount, will relieve me from worrying about not having enough money to live and  pay bills while recovering from the stroke.
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Update April 9,2018: Today marks the 4 month anniversary of surviving a hemorrhagic stroke. I'm excited to announce that today also marks the day I graduated from outpatient physical therapy. It's remarkable and incredible to come this far in such a short period of time. My physical therapist called me a miracle today. I have to agree. But I’ll add, it’s been a series of miracles. All I have and all I’m able to do at this point is thanks to your love, support, positives thoughts and prayers.

I started my outpatient physical therapy at the beginning of February 2018. At that time the therapist asked me what my goals should be. We agreed to increase my balance and walking distances. I set the goal to get rid of my cane all together.

Today was an assessment day. My physical therapist said I could stay enrolled in outpatient therapy or graduate and continue to increase my distance and endurance on my own.

Lately, I've been carrying the cane more than using it. It's become more of a nuisance than necessity
i'm hoping by eliminating one out of three therapies, it can free up my schedule and help me establish a new routine at home. Repetiveness and a consistant daily routine will help my brain heal faster and reduce the stress caused by my ever changing medical appointment calendar.

I know this is my brain disease update. But me and my medical Medical Apocalypse consist of all my medical issues wrapped up in one physical body fighting to stay alive, heal and to grow stronger everyday.

On the lung cancer front: My cancer has outsmarted my targeted therapy/chemo pill and formed a resistance to my current treatment. I have cancer progression that is mainly in my lungs and lymph nodes in my chest. I had a bronchoscopy/scope biopsy this week to obtain malignent tussue samples for molecular testing. Tt’s normally a simple outpatient procedure. With Moyamoya and my history of one major neurological event on record, my bronchoscopy had to be performed under full anethesia with special monitoring of my blood pressure. The procedure went without a hitch. I’m hoping I’ve aquired a specific mutation, t790m. This mutation has an FDA approved targeted therapy. If i test positive for t790m I’ll just stop my currect chemo pill and start the new one. With or without t790m, I will be adding a treatment combo of IV chemotherapies. I was lucky to have a chemo pill be my treatment for over two and a half years. IV Chemo sounds scary. But i know they give you palliative drugs to ease the chemo side effects.

Please keep the support, positive thoughts and prayers coming. I have a long road of healing in all areas.

Peace, Lungs and Happiness, Lisa Moran
I graduated PT, April 9, 2018
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Feb9, 2018 Update. First, i need to apologize for not continuing these updates after I was released from the acute rehab and returned home. My sister was updating while I was hospitalized. I didn't remember it was my turn to start updating. Second, I can’t thank everyone enough for your support, prayers and positive thoughts. You are the reason I’m walking and home in the first place. Please keep the prayers, good thoughts and well wishes coming. They work and I still have a long road ahead of me.

I've been busy resting and going to many medical appointments. I also experienced a week of lethargic fatigue after returning home. My heart rate would increase, causing some shortness of breath, with any movement or taking steps. After several tests to figure out the cause, I was sent to the ER to see if I had a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in my lungs. the ER ct scan showed no PE. Since then my energy level has increased. I'm I'm no longer sleeping all day and night. I’m resting when I need to and I’m napping almost every day. My brain and body have a lot of healing to do.

I met with my Colorado Springs neurologist. She referred me to my outpatient therapies. I started occupational therapy 2 weeks ago and physical therapy started this week. I’m walking well with my cane. So, the goals for PT are to decrease nerve pain and increase my balance and walking distances. I set the goal to get rid of the cane all together. I had my vision tested. I now have a baseline for my left vision deficit. I will retest in June. If there is significant improvement, we might be able to discuss the possibility of starting to drive. I’m getting to know my uber drivers well and enjoy spending time with Jeremy’s dad when he takes me to appointments, but I would prefer to drive myself and gain more independence back.

Thank you for your support. I will update soon. --Lisa.
Lisa after returning home in Colorado
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Hello Family and Friends of Lisa!

Home since Jan 3 and adjusting nicely. Sleeping in her own be in her own house is a treasure after all of this. She is looking forward to finding out her rehab plan in Colorado.

This morning she loaded her dishwasher! And to think just a few weeks ago she was unable to do much of anything other than lay in the bed. She will keep going, keep learning, keep fighting to regain her life.....now only moving forward! She can get there, we all know that!! She still needs us!!! Don't stop the prayers, meditations and positive thinking! She needs it all, Lisa can feel us helping her. It makes a huge difference for her! THANK YOU!

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Hello Family and Friends of Lisa!!

We are finally here!! Lisa gets released January 3, 2018!WOOO!!!!!

She is looking forward to being HOME! Lisa has worked so hard for this moment. Still tons of work ahead but no better place than home to continue her rehabilitation. Every single day she gets stronger and it is so wonderful.

Thank you once again for all the good things you've brought to Lisa during this time. She felt it in so many ways. She needed it and still does. She's so thankful for your love, prayers, meditations and positive thoughts.

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