The glioblastoma wife-3

Last evening I noticed that Bruce’s right pupil was larger than the left. With a history of A-Fib and two recent brain surgeries, I went on high alert. With a recent history of chemo, radiation, dexamethasone, Keppra, Mepron, and his regular heart medicine, who knows what is causing what. Just when I have the routine…

The glioblastoma wife–2

Two mornings ago, during the wee hours, Bruce noticed a “mushy” area on the top of his head, along the latest scar. “Radiation induced swelling” is very real, and can express itself in various ways.  Is this one of them? Why one month post-surgery? Once he got out of bed, the swelling went away. Until…

Perspectives and hope

 In January of 2018, my husband had surgery to remove his cancerous prostate gland.  In October, he had surgery to remove a brain tumor. The day he was discharged, we received advice from the social worker that stuck with me; I cannot let it go.  In December, emergency surgery was necessary to relieve pressure on…

Brain Cancer: Atypical symptoms, Part III

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is something I never thought would affect our lives. While Bruce’s father passed away in his 50s from heart disease, Bruce’s mother lived to be one month shy of her 98th birthday. Bruce has been a regular swimmer for over 30 years; he runs a nursery, a business requiring movement and activity not…