Jun 25, 2003 - 12:57 am
My husband (47) was diagnosed with Astrocytoma grade III on October 20th 2002. It was sudden and shocking to all of our family, especially for my husband, it was the morning of his birthday he had his first seizure to find a mass on the right frontal lobe. It all went by fast, I have studied neuropsychology so it was easy to talk to the neurologist and Neurosurgen. The surgery occurred 2 days after discovery. My husband was doing exceptionally well and we continued the fight with 6 weeks radiation therapy. No bad side effects except for food tasting like metal.
We flew through christmas with a new lease on life till in febuary another seizure occurred followed by dementia. They claim my husbands memory was deterioting and he will become inpossible only in a matter of time.
His memory improves, but once a month another seizure takes over and we start all over again with hallucinations, paranoia, and memory loss. His last seizure almost killed him. They wouldn't stop, so the ERs last resort was to give him a paralytic, which put him in a temporary coma. We are now battling another tumor in the same place. He's home now and is not fully understanding of what is going on with himself, but knows who family is which surronds him.
I've been very strong about everything. I have gone to support groups which are helpful, but haven't had the chance to meet someone who is in my husband or my position. Unfortunatly there are so many cancers in this world, but haven't been able to run into anyone with the same.
My parents moved in with us to help out, which was a godsend, but my mother has been recently diagnosed with NonSmall Cell Lung Cancer Stage II and will be recieving Chemo & Radiation soon. Clinical Trials look promising for my husband, will be talking to his oncologist about that tomorrow.
What I'm asking for is a pen pal, friend, or someone to share to me or with. I'm just so scared being alone through all this.