Archive for April 25, 2012

Shameless plug for a nice cause first!

You can help in two ways! Donate to show your support and help spread the word by inviting your friends. — Katy Murray


(Just Click on the pretty puppy to give The Toledo Humane Society Money $5.00 seems like the perfect amount, doesn’t it?


                                                                                             –Katy Murrays Mom)



This is my lovely neighbor Robin;

Robin is the wonderful woman who popped up on my Facebook when she heard about my cancer diagnosis. She had recently finished treatment for breast cancer. She had a very very very rough time of it! As you can see by the picture she is a woman after my own heart. A glass of wine and a nice vacation atmosphere are really all I need to know about a person to know they are pretty fantastic.

Robin unfortunately is also dealing with something called Meningioma. In her case it’s pressing on her optic nerves. (I think I have that right!). Robin and I went to the same elementary and high school, though I did not know her until this year.  I am ..ahem..a little…older than Robin. Wait…let me go back and add another very into my sentence up there. She really hit the jackpot on things that could go wrong during cancer treatment so she deserves another adverb. (Did you just go look to see if another very popped in while you were reading?)

That is part one of my story.

Part two.

Back in July in what shall be called “the very bad week” (Cancer diagnosis, hearing aid recommended, oldest dog died) I went to the Ear Nose and Throat doctor and they determined that my hearing loss was progressive and that I should get a hearing aid. They also suggested that I should get a diagnostic test performed called a BAER test. Basically it’s a test that puts electrodes on your ear and makes clicks and then uses electrodes on your brain to see if you are receiving the click signal. I was very busy after that week and instead went ahead and got myself some surgery and chemo & radiation. I got a card in the mail a couple of weeks ago letting me know I was due for another hearing test. My husband and I both think my hearing has probably degraded more, but, eh..we’ll see. Maybe I’m just tired of listening to people. 🙂  So, I remembered about the BAER test and called to schedule it.  I also went online to see what the test actually was. The interesting thing to me was that the BAER test is mainly used to diagnose Acoustic Neuroma.  A tumor pressing on your auditory nerve. When I read what that is it made me thing of Robin and her pretty eyes, so….

Part three where our story all comes together!

Yesterday I sent Robin a message telling her what I had learned about my hearing and this test and she pointed me to the information regarding Meningioma (see we came full circle) it is amazingly spot-on for some of the issues I have had in the last 10 years including random acts of dizziness. Very glad I finally scheduled the test so we can rule that out! Wouldn’t it be a very odd coincidence if we grew up so close together for so many years and had the same issues at approximately the same age? One wonders what was in the milk at our elementary school.


And on another note.  Thank you for nice comments on my semi-monthly feeling like a loser post. I just feel so self-absorbed all the time. Most of the time I don’t care about it on my blog. My blog is for my stuff, right? What am I going to do talk about everyone else? While that could be a fun blog it’s not really my style.  I’ll try to keep my feeling sorry for myself to a minimum. 🙂



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