A meningioma and a baby

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July 22, 2013 - Naperville, Illinois

Little did I realize having a baby would change my life forever. Two days after arriving home from the hospital with our son Zachary, (me being 40 years old) I experienced two seizures. After being rushed to the hospital, and undergoing a CT scan and an MRI, it was determined that I had a mass on the right frontal lobe of my brain. The team at Edward Hospital responded quickly, and neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Rabin was called in to evaluate my case. He informed my husband and me that the tumor needed to be removed due to the size (4.8 x 3.9 x.4.6 cm extra-axial dural based enhancing mass). The plan was to put me on steroids and anti-seizure medicine from 6/30/13 until July 8, 2013, when they would conduct surgery. Given my brain swelling needed to be reduced, I was going to be in the hospital for several days. On July 8, 2013, the benign mass was removed, and the recovery process started. I am amazed by what modern medicine can do. One minute, your skull is open and a tumor is being removed, and the next minute, you are in a hospital bed, in ICU, recovering. Not knowing you have been living with an enormous brain tumor is one thing,and being told you have no choice but to have brain surgery is another. Along the way, I have learned to embrace the life I have been given, despite the little bumps in the road.