Craniotomy + 20

IMG_4171“How are you doing?”

“I’d love to be able to answer that question. Can you give me some options? Maybe I’ll simply pick C, it seems safe. Easy. I’m also very okay with changing my mind 10 minutes from now if C is a bad choice.

That’s pretty much how I’m doing.

When 3 different individuals on your healthcare team call you within a 24-hour period of time, you know that shit just got real. When all 3 of them know that you are on vacation, you know that shit just got real and your vacation is over.

“You can be home Sunday night, right? My office will call you on Monday to get your pre-op appointments set up. Plan on having surgery Thursday.”  Just like that – it happens. One moment you’re laughing at happy hour; the next your complaining about having to go home for brain surgery.

Surgery went well. Felt about 5-minutes long from my end. I have a wicked scar. I stopped counting staples landing in a jar when the 25th one went down with a ‘ting’. It was determined Radiation Narcosis was the culprit of most of my brain swelling. I remain on Alectinib which serves me well.

For now my energy level is quite low.  I spend much of my day reading or napping. Soon I hope to get back to my art class, writing circle, and of course other forms of mischief.





About kimmywink

I'm Kim. I've got advanced lung cancer. It sucks.
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21 Responses to Craniotomy + 20

  1. Diane Lien says:

    Sending you love, Kimmy❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. matissebradford says:

    I love you and sending healing thoughts and love. I think about you even though I don’t see you like it was when we worked together. I was just thinking about how kind and generous you guys were to me when in need. In other words , please tell me if I can help during these hard times. XO XO

  3. matissebradford says:

    Remember God is a republican he puts us down and lets us fend for ourselves it’s hard to believe there is one sometimes. Not fair Kim. It pisses me off.

  4. matissebradford says:

    I’ll say it again ” F cancer and the cell it rode in on!!!” – saw that on a bumper sticker when I was staying at your house!!!!!!!

  5. Jessica Steinberg says:

    I’m just really REALLY happy to know that you are in the general range of okay. I was so worried when it was just radio silence. Sending you love and all kinds of healing thoughts.

  6. linnea11 says:

    Love you girl. And A, B, C or Z works for me.


  7. Dann Wonser says:

    Sending love and healing thoughts your way, Kim.

  8. g says:

    Have been thinking of you, Love, g

  9. Lizzy says:

    “and of course other forms of mischief.” – love this. thinking of you from the east coast.

  10. Melanie says:

    so glad for the update, prayers continue…

  11. Beth says:

    Hi Kimmy,
    I always read your posts – I live in Silverton, Oregon and am a 5 year lung cancer survivor. You are an inspiration and I keep you in my prayers. Thank you for your amazing courage.

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