My name is Tiffany and I was diagnosed with a brain tumor almost 10 years ago. I have recently been interviewed by Ray Leonard on Ordinary People, Extraordinary Planet where I told my story. I have now created a blog to give further updates and hopefully create a place where people affected by cancer can tell their own stories. I am more than happy to answer any questions about things that have happened in my life.
Here is a bit of my backstory:
I was 22 years old when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was the spring break of my senior year of college. I had to drop out of school and begin treatment. Over the past ten years, I have had surgery, radiation, gamma knife, and chemotherapy. The past eight months have involved more intense treatment since the cancer cells moved to my spinal fluid and created a lesion on my spinal cord. I have had radiation to my spine and chemotherapy for both the original tumor and cancer cells in my spinal fluid. I also had a chest port put in, as well as a port that went into my brain. The head port had to be removed since a cyst developed near it and caused me to have double vision and seizures. Thankfully, those symptoms have gone away since the port was removed. Right now, I am having chemotherapy for my spinal fluid where I have to be admitted to the hospital for four days. I have one more to go, and then we’ll see if it worked to decide further treatment.
Good things have also happened over the past 10 years! I was able to finish my undergraduate education. I received my masters in occupational therapy and was able to work in my field. I enjoy being with my friends and family, who are so supportive that it has made these ten years easier. I also know that God is in control of my life and is bigger than this disease. I have faith that all things work together for good, even if I don’t understand it right now. I am unsure what the future holds, but I try to live a day at a day and enjoy my life.