Tag: GBM

“So, they got it, right?”

A couple of weeks ago I was asked this question by a well-meaning acquaintance in the grocery store. The question came after I told him Bruce had surgery. I didn’t mention there were two, that twice they’ve cut into my husband’s skull. He cares. People care. I understand this. What ISN’T understood is that glioblastoma…

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…

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…

The glioblastoma wife

Otis sits on my chest like he owns the place. He can be a real turd. The radiation oncologist upped the dose. Bruce is losing his hair. On one side. I was sad to learn our friend “Sherlock” finished his radiation treatments. I’ll miss Jim, too. He finished yesterday. I try to exercise. I managed…