The day Stephanie was diagnosed with a brain tumor was a day that she and all of her friends and family would remember. Most of them would eventually forget the exact date that they learned about it, but they would recall the emotions that they felt about it.
Stephanie was experiencing some intense headaches for some time. She had migraines from time to time throughout her life, but this was different. This pain was sharper, more precise, as though she could have told the doctor exactly where to find it before the CAT scan showed it to them. She also had a feeling at some point that she would require home care services, whether she would try to beat the cancer or not.
Her friends and family were worried about her; she had not ‘been herself’ for some time and that meant she was more withdrawn, in pain, and just trying to survive another day and hoping that the headaches wouldn’t strike too hard.
Once she was diagnosed, she took time to let it sink in. She had a brain tumor. The future, even at 71, was looking dimmer by the minute. She wasn’t prepared for chemo or radiation or even surgery to remove the tumor. She wasn’t ready to take on that burden, but she wasn’t ready to get sympathy from everybody, having them treat her as though she were already dead.
So she withheld the diagnosis while she coped, while she tidied up her will, took care of her finances and made sure that her daughter, who would ultimately be in charge of managing them when she was gone, wouldn’t be confused about anything.
She felt alone for a while, so when she finally told her family and friends, she was relieved. She also told them that it was time to find the right home health care services because she was going to have surgery and try to beat the brain tumor.
It was her family and friends, and ultimately home care services that made all the difference in the world to her. They provided her with the support that she needed to gather strength on days when she felt like doing nothing at all. It was those things that made life all that more precious to her, and why she was glad she chose to take on the brain tumor. And win.