Sunday, March 13, 2011


So I thought I would explain the title of my blog. When you go to the neurologist, the doctor gives you tests like walking in a straight line or squeezing the doctor's fingers, which I like to do really hard just for fun. I have become a master at these tests since I've been doing them for almost 10 years. I have never really had any problems with them and was considered "asymptomatic" since I didn't show any signs of having a brain tumor. 

The first time these tests became difficult was last October when I started having double vision, which affected my balance, and seizures. Thankfully, it was around Halloween, so with an eye patch I kinda passed as a pirate. I just needed a parrot on my shoulder and pirate hat and the look would have been complete! I had to use a walker or wheelchair when going for long distances. I was the undisputed champ when racing the old ladies with their walkers at my grandma's home.

These symptoms just came on suddenly and turned my world (and my family's) upside down. I basically couldn't walk in a straight line and having your vision change so unexpectedly was frightening and frustrating. The seizures really affected my independence and I couldn't drive or be left alone. It was like my body wouldn't respond to what my brain wanted to do. You know things aren't right when your doctor says you look scary!

The doctors discovered that a cyst had developed near the port in my head, which was causing all of these symptoms. After successful removal of the cyst & port, and lots of prayer, these symptoms went away and everything was restored. I have never been so thankful before! It was such a lesson in appreciating each day and what abilities your body has today. These symptoms lasted for almost two months, but gave me more empathy for people that deal with this kind of stuff all the time. I have never been more grateful for being asymptomatic than I am now! 


  1. Hi Tiffany-- Great blog. Good to catch up with you. Prayers going out your way. Love you-- Judy

  2. Dear Tiffany,
    We have not yet met, but your Mom and are were dear friends in college; I was a bridesmaid in your parents' wedding. I do have a photo of you that you mom sent to me when you were about a year old and then we lost touch. Your mom and I reconnected recently due to FB, and had a wonderful phone conversation about a year ago. We talked about the intervening years, including about you and your sister, and we discovered that we lived within 10 miles of each other for all of the years you were in Orange County. Who knew? I admire the blog you have started, you are inspiring, and I wish you much love. I also, look forward to the day when I get to meet you.