May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. This is something I was never aware of or ever thought about until this month. My dear friend Maggi is in the hospital fighting for her life against a malignant brain tumor.
I have been blest to call Maggi my friend since I was 20 years old. She was the first friend I made from our Medical School crowd. She was an instant friend. She was smart and kind. She loved to read all kind of books, she was a woman’s libber, she believed in Martin Luther King’s cause and she was kind to everyone. She loved to dance and listened to all kinds of music and was always up for an adventure or a road trip.
As Maggi got older she didn’t change. Her kindness to others only increased. She has legions of loyal friends because of this wonderful quality. She has two beautiful children who would tell you that she raised them to be independent and thoughtful people, and they are.
Maggi is married to Joe who is a pediatric doctor. This isn’t an easy life for a wife. Your husband is gone a lot of the time and when he is home can be bone tired and preoccupied with worry about a patient. Honestly, though, I never heard Maggi complain about this part of her life. Come to think of it, I don’t think I ever heard her complain about any part of her life. She always had a philosophical outlook and was filled with gratitude.
Maggi is a good example of how to live life well. Here is a picture of Maggi and me. I am 22 and on the left and Maggi is 25 and on the right.
MAGGI YOU ROCK!
Now, what follows is some information about the early symptoms of Brain Tumor. I know that Maggi would want everyone to have this information. It comes from the Mayo Clinic website which contain even more detailed information than what follows.
The signs and symptoms of a brain tumor vary greatly and depend on the brain tumor’s size, location and rate of growth.
General signs and symptoms caused by brain tumors may include:
New onset or change in pattern of headaches
Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
Unexplained nausea or vomiting
Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
Difficulty with balance
Confusion in everyday matters
Personality or behavior changes
Seizures, especially in someone who doesn’t have a history of seizures
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have persistent signs and symptoms that concern you.
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