I don’t really know how to begin this blog post but a lot has happened over the past month and I wanted to update everyone. My goal is to answer questions so that when I’m out and about I don’t always have to be talking about my cancer diagnosis.
The month started off pretty great and I was able to check going to a concert off my bucket list after attending Lord Huron at HoB with my friends. Later that week I was also able to go to a picnic concert and go out for a friends birthday. Unfortunately, I pushed my self too much and ended up very tired.
Following that, I had to get shots every day for five days to boost up my stem cell production so that they could be harvested for a possible later procedure that I will explain if and when the time comes. These shots caused me a lot of pain as the stem cells pushed at the limits of my bones and I was on crutches for a few days. Thankfully I was able to go up to my aunt’s beach house to relax and have a change in scenery. My stem cells were harvested on the 21st and the pain was supposed to subside but it did not. This meant I was sent in for an X-ray of my back but there were no new fractures. I get fractures easily in my bones due to the cancer invading. On Saturday morning the 25th when I woke up I could not walk. My legs were so numb I had trouble putting one foot in front of the other.
My parents and I immediately called the cancer center and they told me to go to the ER asap. While I was getting ready to head out I could tell my dog Max was very concerned. When I arrived at the hospital I went through a multitude of tests and eventually, an MRI revealed that there was a tumor growing on my spine pushing on my spinal cord giving me issues. I went in for emergency surgery that night to have the tumor removed and have been recovering in ICU since. Hopefully, I will be discharged today since the doctors are proud of how much I have improved.
I appreciate all the well wishes that have been sent to me but I am not able to reply to everyone due to my energy levels. Thank you all again for being so supportive.