When you think you're dying.
Two weeks ago, I was convinced my brain tumour was cancerous. After initially hearing the news, I was in shock. My mind was racing with all the things I needed to do while I had the opportunity. I don't get overwhelmed often, but I did then. Fortunately, the specialist relieved my fears indicating there is only a 5% chance it is cancerous. I can't imagine how others feel when hearing such devastating news being confirmed. I have worked in many end-of-life related roles and am rather organized. So many others are not. As I state in the Summary of my book, 'If you are diagnosed with a severe health issue, you will be extremely relieved you took the time to properly plan when times were good. Having that peace of mind while also dealing with poor health is a true blessing'. I cannot stress this enough.
This tumour is not fatal.
I developed a ringing in my left ear which lead to an MRI being done. My general physician told me just over a week ago that a large tumour was detected and he was attempting to connect with the ear/nose/throat specialist who ordered my MRI. Hearing this, I was in shock. He did not elaborate. I didn't tell my wife for two days as I wanted to delicately get the timing right, if that's even possible. Once I informed her, we assumed the worst thinking this tumour was cancerous and would lead to my demise. The following four days prior to seeing the specialist were terrible, but it did bring my wife and I closer together. I've since learned this type of tumour is being detected much more often and is not the concern I initially thought it was. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/brain-tumor/vestibular-schwannoma
My brain tumour disclosure.
Thank you to everyone for the kind and supportive well wishes. I very much appreciate every one of them. I'll be sure to keep adding updates here as I await a phone call from the neurosurgeon to discuss when the surgery is to take place. In the meantime, I may as well keep busy and implement David Chilton's proven book marketing strategies.
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