Friday, December 30, 2016

Brain Cloud

On December 7th of this year, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in my left parietal lobe.

I think I will use this blog to document what's been going on. It has been very helpful talking about this to my Facebook friends, neighbors, and family. The shock of it all was just too great to keep inside. I just had to share. I don't mean to spread the dread around, but you guys can handle it! And I have no shame in admitting that I can be needy.

I mean, we ALL need each other! We are all ONE family. 

Knowing I am in others' thoughts and prayers has been SO HELPFUL. I have been overwhelmed by everyone's support. And by everyone, I am talking about all walks of life: old friends, new friends, writer friends, neighbors, acquaintances, christians, muslims, jews, atheists…HUMANS! And my dog, COSMO, who I believe the universe sent just in time.


P.S. Always have a book. A Wrinkle in Time was most serendipitous 🌠


Here are a few posts from my Facebook page that I'll just copy/paste. 

I had a very scary seizure yesterday, completely out the blue. Luckily Jon works from home and was able to call 911. Now I'm in the hospital awaiting MRi results. It could a number of things, from an infection to tumor. I'm just thankful I have another day. YesterdY, I thought that was it! 

I'm thankful for great family, great friends, great views, and great books. I kinda feel like Meg when she travels by tesserat. Body is a bit numb. But I'm home now after two days and taking it easy. Thanks for all your love and support. It means a lot❤️

Brain cancer. Did not see that one coming. I am so thankful to all my amazing neighbors, family, friends, and doctors. Great team at Providence and Swedish Medical Institute. Every single person, from EMTs, nurses, assistant nurses, MRI techs, volunteers, physical therapists, etc...every single one of them exceptionally and compassionately played out their unique roles that restored my faith in humanity. We will be ok! 
Biopsy is scheduled for Jan 9th. Basically a brain screw and needle, all done with high tech imaging. They do not recommend surgery for removal, it's in the "nebula" portion of the brain that would not be worth the risk. Radiation or chemo once they know the grade. Thank you for all your support. I am a fighter and, in a way, this has actually been a gift. It's making every moment even sweeter. I think the universe just opened a portal 

SO NOT surprised by the outpouring of love & support from the kid-lit community. You (WE!) are the cream of the crop! ❤️📚📚📚 Thank you

Stephanie Payne Geckle was feeling happy.
I've been having to use a walker like an old lady. Now, yes, I'm really, REALLY good at being an old lady. I love to sit, read, drink my Lady Grey, play silly iPad games, mahjong, naps. But my inner wizard is eager for adventure. And my physical therapist just gave me the ok to graduate to a cane! It will be a Gandalf staff of course. 
"A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to." - Tolkien

Stephanie Payne Geckle updated her profile picture.