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    Radiation (External radiation ): If I remember correctly, I had radiation every weekday for 6 and a half weeks. The side effects came much later as the radiation went thru my stomach to the L1-T12 region of my spinal cord where the glioblastoma was located. I have had a few episodes of heartburn since. I do remember feeling very tired during the treatment, but i was also doing physical therapy 3 days a week & taking Temodar, an oral chemo drug. All these things contributed to my being so tired.

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    Other Care (Rehab Hospital - Physical Therapy): i can't say enough good things about the people at Edwin Shaw Rehab Hospital. They helped me learn how to do everything I needed to know how to become independent again. I was there approx. 2-1/2 weeks.

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    Decision Point (Radiation and chemotherapy to be started three weeks from surgery date. Made arrangements to go to Edwin Shaw immediately for physical therapy.)

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): Four days after surgery I got the diagnosis, Glioblastoma multiform L1, stage 4 and that I was looking at 6-12 mos tops. Total shock!

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    Procedure or Surgery (Spinal cord biopsy): After surgery I was paralyzed from the waist down due to a "spinal stroke", a result of surgery. I was told it was due to a bleed in the spinal cord.

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    Other Care (Primary care physician): PCP did not take my symptoms seriously enough and did not take action soon enough.