Everyone has a story to tell, this is mine. The year was 1987. I was 11, and starting the 6th grade. Exploration, independence, cliques, and social graces, were part of my everyday experience. I was a normal teen excited to start off my teenage years with a bang, but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to go through. I was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor wrapped around my brain stem. My stay in the hospital was for the better part of… Continue
Added by Imsurvivor on February 9, 2010 at 10:00am —
A few weeks ago, a Texas pastor was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. My prayer is that his family has sufficient Health Insurance
to cover the surgery and upcoming treatments. Many times churches only offer Short Term Insurance
for pastors. I hope that you will pray for this family as they adjust to this news and pray that the… Continue
Added by Cindy Fallsen on December 21, 2009 at 11:38pm —
Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome
by Karen Wright (Personal Development Forum)
We've all heard of Post Traumatic Syndrome (PTS) in relation to surviving a horrifying event. Rape victims, wounded soldiers, accident survivors. The symptoms can be as devastating as the events that caused them: loss of memory, depression, uncontrollable fear. Survivors often live in a diminished state of existence - physically and psychologically withdrawing from the world.… Continue
Added by Imsurvivor on December 19, 2009 at 1:29pm —
rd.com — "Before we take off, I would like to apologize on behalf of this and every airline for the hassle you just endured at the security checkpoint. As is patently obvious to any reasonable person, the humiliating shoe removals, liquids ban, and pointy-object confiscations do little to make us safer...."
Added by Rob on November 15, 2009 at 7:02pm —
Her son went boating Sat, we'll call him Chris. Before Chris new it, a large boat came by and in it's wake, created a big wave that turned his little boat over and caught Chris in the waves trough. He hit his head forcefully, (enough to require 4 staples) and he was run over by his own boat. At this point, the boat lay upside down. Bleeding pretty profusely I imagine, he made it back to his overturned boat and just lay over the back of the boat until someone came by. 20 minutes later the marine… Continue
Added by Nancy Guralnick on October 16, 2009 at 11:53pm —
Years ago, while I was finishing my pre-med studies, I developed an acute pain in my abdomen. I reported to the student health center, where they scheduled me for an immediate appendectomy. Hours later, I awoke in severe pain, alone, and worried. Then something quite ordinary happened. A nurse appeared, held my hand, and simply said, "Don't worry, Larry. Everything is going to be just fine." As she stood there, the pain vanished, along with my anxiety. Fear gave way to optimism that I'd make a… Continue
Added by Imsurvivor on September 23, 2009 at 9:48pm —
As for my response to the article, "Nurses offer tips for surviving a hospital stay
", I must refer to my recent hospital stay last year. I did write a brief blog,"A scary situation
", where I brought to light the importance of knowing and communicating a list of current meds
But something… Continue
Added by Rob on August 19, 2009 at 12:36am —
I had just bought a new car that morning, a sleek black 2006 BMW. All excited about my new car, I decided to celebrate a night out with a friend. It was dark, about 8:00 pm as we passed the hospital, on the way to bowling. I immediately slammed on the brakes as a woman jumped out in front of the car. She scared me half-to-death. She was waiving her hands in the air, as if she were trying to get someone's attention. It was then I figured out why she was trying to flag me down. On the side of the… Continue
Added by Rob on August 16, 2009 at 6:50pm —
Added by Imsurvivor on July 6, 2009 at 9:30pm —
As a teen dealing with cancer, I often wondered how my future would turn out. Would I end up being a “cancer” couch potato, or would I be able to accomplish things, graduate college, be a contributing member to society, have superpowers, be able to fly and fight crime. Well except for the last three, I think I’ve found my answer.
Just consider the author J.K Rowling who early on, gave up her dream of writing novels to pursue a more “practical” endeavor. She soon found herself poor… Continue
Added by Rob on May 24, 2009 at 11:13pm —
So what happens when a patient wakes up after having surgery and is unable to communicate their needs, wants or concerns? Here’s one guys experience:
I woke up after having brain surgery. My head obviously still swollen, I was able to blurt some grunt-like sounds, but clearly nothing that remotely resembled a sentence. Thank god my family was there to communicate for me when I needed. But as night came, and it was time for them to go, I became increasingly worried that if a situation… Continue
Added by greg on March 31, 2009 at 4:27pm —
This is my experience with cancer, and although no one can really ever know what I went through, I think this 500 word description is pretty good start.
Everyone has a story to tell. This is mine. The year was 1987. I was 11, and starting the 6th grade. Exploration, independence, cliques, and social graces, were part of my everyday experience. I was a normal teen excited to start off my teenage years with a bang, but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. Nothing could have prepared… Continue
Added by Imsurvivor on March 31, 2009 at 6:00am —
"Some times, when there's trauma to a certain area, especially the head, all the little neurons run for cover, just like when it rains and we all disperse and look for shelter. But after it stops raining we all come right back. Well, sometimes, it works the same way with all the little neurons in your head, they come back."
About a year ago, I underwent surgery to remove two meningiomas. If you’re not familiar with my story, you can view it… Continue
Added by Imsurvivor on March 16, 2009 at 9:30pm —
One of the best times in my life was when I was in Children's hospital when I was 11. I got to know everybody, a couple of us would go hang out and play pool. It was a comfortable time, it was the life.
Now 20 years later, I had a chance to go back thanks to a non cancerous meningioma that had to be taken out.
Call it naiveness, call it wishful thinking, call it whatever you want, but in the back of my mind, I imagined things would the similar as they were 20 years ago. The… Continue
Added by Rob on January 1, 2009 at 1:46pm —
This past January I was bowling and started experiencing what I thought was a stroke or heart attack. After a couple of games, I simply forgot how to bowl; forgot which foot to start off with and even how to throw it down the lane.
So I just thought I needed a break, but when my food came, I definitely had trouble holding burger in my right hand, and I couldn't hold on to the french fries as they fell to the floor. So at this point I knew something was definitely up. I knew I… Continue
Added by Imsurvivor on November 30, 2008 at 1:30pm —
I'm a cancer survivor and I have long-term hearing loss from treatment. I now wear hearing aids, and although they help a lot, it's not like they are a fresh set of 100% fully functional ears. :) So I make due as always with what I have. But damn, it can be awfully frustrating at times.
As long as I'm in a semi-quiet situation, I usually get the gist of conversations, but I'm really at a loss in noisy environments; usually social events. Anybody out there going through the same thing?
Added by Imsurvivor on September 24, 2008 at 1:00am —
Anyone watching stand up to cancer? It's a show raising money for cancer research with a bunch of celebrities on performing and stuff.
Added by Alyssa on September 5, 2008 at 8:30pm —
South Jersey Magazine
Having your child vaccinated should be a choice, say some area anti-inoculation activists and parents. But if you expect to send your infant or preschool-age child to a South Jersey daycare center next month, know this: New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services says come September 1, no shots, no school.
Post your thoughts on this article..
Added by Imsurvivor on August 1, 2008 at 9:00pm —
By STEVE STERNBERG • Gannett News Service • July 22, 2008
The blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin failed to slow age-related hardening of the heart valve that without surgery can lead to heart attack, stroke or death, doctors said Monday.
Vytorin worked no better than a placebo at blocking aortic stenosis, which leads to 95,000 valve replacement operations and 25,000 deaths in the USA each year, says lead investigator Terje Pedersen of Ulleval University… Continue
Added by Imsurvivor on July 23, 2008 at 12:16am —
I recently had 2 meningionma resections. I was taking the growth hormone and had stopped it promtly when these two buggers were discovered. Now, 2 months after my surgery, I'd like to continue with the GH. But I'm concearned that it will speed up the growth process if I have another tumor. Does anybody know or have experince with this?
Added by Imsurvivor on July 15, 2008 at 8:30am —