more of “I didn’t think it could happen to us”

The first time something happened that I thought only happened to “other people”, it was devastating.  I’m hoping this one isn’t the same.

Found out today that my dear, sweet Grandaddy has a brain tumor (beneign), evidence of 3-4 small strokes in the past, and brain shrinkage consistent with dementia.  Wow.  They might have tried telling us all of this over the course of a few days… or maybe it’s better to get it all out there?  I dunno.

Anyways, I guess I’ve known he’s getting older, and that as the body ages, it does experience degeneration.  I’ve just never had a very close family member go through anything like this.  I kind of don’t know what to think.  I’m hopeful that since the tumor is benign, that a doctor will be able to successfully remove the whole thing and he can live another healthy 10-15 years.  But, I also worry about the past stroke thing, and the dementia, and wonder if I should be hopping out on an airplane as often as I can possibly spare to just to be able to see him while he still knows it’s me. 

Regardless of what I think, non of this is about me.  He’s going to have some big decisions to make, beginning tomorrow when they do a nuclear stress test (not on the treadmill) to assess the condition of his heart.  If that looks fine, they go to a neurosurgeon.  I will just pray that no further complications arise, and that God will bring them to the right person to be able to handle his poor little brain!

3 Comments on “more of “I didn’t think it could happen to us”

  1. I’m sorry to hear that Whitney, I completely understand what your going through. I still remember the day when my dad was diagnosed with his malignant brain tumor in ’06. Miracles do happen, please know that because my dad is still going and fighting it with all that he has. I’m here for you even though we havent seen each other in such a long time

  2. Hey Catherine…. thanks for your comment. I had completely forgotten that your dad had gone through/was going through the same thing. I’m trying to not “freak out” too much. Once they go see a neurosurgeon and we find out more… that’s what I’m waiting for now.

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