FuzzyGirl's Journey with Intermediate-Grade Astrocytoma

Survivor: Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults > Glioma > Astrocytoma > Intermediate-Grade Astrocytoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 8 years ago, Female, Age: 52

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    • FuzzyGirl
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    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Why me? Who knew that the weakness in my hand was caused by a brain tumor in my frontal lobe?

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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My dominant hand is virtually useless since the craniotomy to remove part of my tumor.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was lucky. I tolerated Temodar pretty well.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Rehabilitation

    Other Care

    I went to an in-patient rehab facility to get back some use of my arm.

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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation made my brain "fuzzy." I still don't feel right most of the time.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Clinical Trial

    I participated in a clinical trial for 3 months. It tested a chemical that may prevent cancer cells from repairing themselves. But I had to drop out after I had an allergic reaction to the drug.

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    Psychosocial

    Other Care

    I found it very helpful to talk to a therapist. My ife was turned upside down by my diagnosis and physical changes.

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