Since my previous blog update on 9th January 2016, I have discussed further with my neurosurgeons and understood my situation better.
Here is a summary of what we are going to do.
On 12th January 2016, we will remove a growing tumor from the front, right side of my brain’s cerebral cortex, which is near the motor center of my brain. The sheer size of it has been causing me moderate headaches when I get stressed or tired. While speaking with a doctor here at the NIH, I also realised that this tumor has been affecting my left leg control. For awhile now, I have been using my right leg to support my weight and exert strengh, while my let leg merely follows after. This is a symptom of the tumor compressing motor neurons in the brain that control the left side of my body.
Surgery risk is remote for this tumor and my surgeons are confident that I will emerge fine and well.
After removing this brain tumor, we will proceed to perform another surgery days later – to remove a tumor from my right hand’s middle finger, which hurts me by itself. This procedure might be done without sedation.
Then, we will perform a third surgery, two weeks after the first surgery. The third surgery is to remove a growing Vestibular Schwannoma from the right side of my brain’s temporal lobe. This tumor is also called the Acoustic Neuroma.
I first had this tumor on this side removed back in 2004. More than ten years later, now, a new tumor of its kind has grown in the same location, which has been causing me to choke more over the past one year.
While the first removal in Los Angeles in 2004 could be done without damaging surrounding tissues, a second surgery in this location carries higher risks this time. There is a real concern for possible facial nerve paralysis and worse swallowing function.
But the consequences of delaying this VS tumor removal is even worse – diffuculty in breathing, as it has already pushed my brainstem out of line.
In times like this, I have to muster all the faith I can, and hold on tightly to hope.
Lord. grant me the strength to accept the things that I cannot change, courage to change those that I can, and wisdom to tell the difference.
By the way, you can send flowers to my room to keep me compsny during the next few weeks while I am here. I love roses and daisies.
Ming Niang (Yvonne) Foong
Room 7-3628SW (B)
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892