I was born with cancer in 1958- a neuroblastoma the size of half a grapefruit was removed from my belly when I was only 8 weeks old. Then they gave me radiation treatments, which was unfortunate it turns out, because irradiating that particular type of tumor apparently is what lead to the spinal tumor that was discovered on 1979.
I've had 2 surgeries to remove as much as possible of the ganglioneuromas from my lower spinal columns ( a ganglioneuroma is a slow growing bignign rumor) The tumor discovered in 2008 was a "giant" one: 12 long, 8 " wide and 3" thick. Wow, when the surgeon went in to remove it I only weighed 115 pounds--I've often wondered how much the Timor weighed!
Anyway, I was in Baltimore for overm2 months and at the age of 50 had to learn to walk again, and do it with assymmetric bilateral radiculopathy. My spine is fused from L4 down. I have incontinence issues when asleep
Let's see, what else am I supposed to say? I try to be in the pool--doing a water aerobics type work out taylored to my specific rehab needs-5-6 days a week. The pool is the only place where I tend to begin free--it is amazing. Free mobility and no pain. Well, maybe a little pain when I'm working hard,
I'm on the Butrans-20 micg patch q week, augmented with gabbapentine and 60 mg pf Cymbalta. I'm also taking 10Mg Methylphinidate (XR) q4am & noon to counter the drowsiness and drug induced 'narcolepsy
I love being in the pool, gardening when I can, painting pictures ( I am both a n artist and a psychologist as well as being a wife, Mom & SCUBA diving here in Hawaii.