It has taken all this time for me to blog again. I guess I don't have to worry about becoming addicted to it! Although I have not blogged for almost three months, I have been lurking on "It's Just Behign" putting my two-cents-worth in every now and again, and slowly getting to know a few members. It is amazing to me how similar our stories are, and how COMFORTING it is to realize that I am not alone in my struggles and efforts to deal with the life implications of brain surgery. It has been 31 years since my first surgery and yet, truth be known, I still have some form of brain surgery struggle every day. I can never quite extricate myself from it entirely, although life is often sweet and wonderful. Today the humidity is high, and I can feel the affect the weather has on my craniatomy, the pressure, although there is hardly ever any real pain , for which I am grateful.
I am wondering, is there anyone out there who had their brain surgery in the late 1970's ? I have been reading that alot of you have had quite recent experiences, and I am just wonderig are there any more "old timers" like myself. Even if you are new to this experience, I hope that it is comforting to know that people survive long term. Life does go on, and with advancements in medical technology, I am happy to realize that you have benefiitting from all that has been learned in the last 3 decades. I know that my last brain surgery, which was in early 1999, was vastly different from my second one which was in 1986. It was an entirely different ball game, and the players had gotten ever-so-much better at it. In 1999, My neuro- surgeon, (who looked barely old enough to shave), was just brilliant, and I stand a very good change of not facing a fourth surgery because he was able to remove the section of the meninges where my recurrences kept showing up. So my brain looks a bit like a patch work quilt, but it is a small prrice to pay for the possibility of not going through the surgery again; here we are almost 13 years later, and so far, so good. I live in hope.
I guess the question I have to ask is this. Where do you see yourself 31 years from now? What are your hopes and aspirations? Now, more than ever, you stand a very good chance of being everything you dreamed of becoming. My challenge to you is to become more than a survivor, although surviving is certainly important. Survive, absolutely! But hitch your wagon to a far greater star. What would your life be like if you did more than survive? What will it look like when you have thrived and ovecome, which I hope and pray you will. I am proof that for many of you, there will be a 31st craniversary, and a 40th and even a 50th or 60th! Make your plans now, for to fail to plan is to plan to fail, and the first step to a plan is a dream. Dream big., and may He who loves you best be with you.