This blog is a continuation of the blog in the link above.
Daily life with a brain tumor can be challenging. My mom and I have nicknamed this season “the summer of medical mayhem”. It seems like, recently, many subtle health issues have risen to the surface and become more prominent. Instead of going to pool parties or barbeques we've been doing MRI’s, getting labs checked, and seeing countless doctors. Although it's taxing, we've learned to enjoy it. We usually do something after my appointments like grab something to eat, go to the mall or visit family nearby. Instead of having bleak memories of cold medical offices and scary diagnosis’, I now have fond ones of how we made it more positive and even pleasurable.
Some days it's hard to remember all the good things that have come from my journey, but I choose to remind myself of the blessings that have risen from it.
If I had to pick one thing that has made this experience more positive, it would be my compassion that has grown through it all. You truly have no idea what something is like before you go through it yourself.
I have also witnessed great compassion in others. It is amazing to see what blossoms out of a caring and kind attitude.
When I meet others with chronic illnesses or similar situations now, my heart automatically goes out to them. I know how hard it can be to go through this kind of thing, especially alone.
I've noticed that people who go through medical issues seem to be a lot more mature than those not dealing with anything like that. I know that when I was diagnosed, I had to learn to take care of myself at a young age so I grew up more quickly than most teenagers would. I had more difficult things going on and had serious topics to worry about therefore I spent less time partaking in hobbies and hanging out with friends.
Going through these things on your own can be daunting and lonely, sometimes you just need someone to talk to. I've created a form for a group for people dealing with chronic health issues. If you might be interested in participating in the group click the link below, complete the form and tell us a little about yourself and we can get in touch.