My Story- The Story Behind My Scar
Today exactly one year ago the 23rd of August 2016 I went through one of the scariest days of my life. Let me rewind some time.
In June 2016, I woke up one morning with a swollen eye and wasn’t feeling too well. I went to the doctor, and he told me I had an Eye Infection and sent me home with some medication. Three days later I went back as the medication he gave me wasn’t working and my eye was even more swollen. He then said it was a severe eye infection and gave me more medication. One week later I went back to the doctor as my entire temple was swollen, he said it was still the eye infection +synus, and he thinks I was bitten by an insect, so he sent me home with even more medication. At this time I had a full plastic bag full of medication, and nothing was helping.
After numerous visits to the doctor and a checkers bag full of medication, I eventually landed up in the hospital with chest pain due to the wrong medication the previous doctor gave me #blessingindisguise. They did an EKG, and chest x-ray and my heart was perfect. After they had done some blood tests, they sent me for a head CT where they found a tumour behind my right eye. It wasn’t touching the brain at this time.
When I left the hospital the next morning, I went to visit my gran and aunt, and they prayed for me and asked God that I would be healed and I felt this heat exactly where the tumour was, and then I felt a bit of a shock.
I went to a few different specialists for different opinions. Finally one month later the 4th specialist sent me for an MRI where he could see things better. He explained that he could see the tumour had already gotten bigger since the first CT and now started to push against the brain and had eaten away at my skull, right eye socket and cheek bone. He said we had to operate soon or we wouldn’t be able to remove if it got any bigger. This is why I said #blessingindisguise above because we found it in time.
The Neurologist said it was best we did a craniotomy and skull reconstruction, as it was the safest bet. He said it would be a big operation but that way they would be able to see the brain, nerves, eye etc. and there would be less chance of losing my eye sight and causing more damage.
The Doctor booked me for theatre on the 23rd of August 2016 and said it would be a 4 to 5-hour long surgery and I would be in ICU for five days and in the hospital for about three weeks.
After the surgery, the doctor went to my parents and told them that it had gone well. He then gave them some bad news and said it was definitely cancer. He said we would have to wait for the biopsy report to find out what kind of cancer it was. Ps thank you to my parents and friends for not telling me this during the two weeks of waiting for the biopsy report.
When I opened my eyes, I remember seeing my family and friends and having DRUGGED up conversations with them. Later that evening the doctor spoke to my brother and said I would be released from ICU in the morning as I was already chatting and it was a good sign, and there was no damage to the brain etc.
The surgery went well, and I recovered extremely fast and was released from hospital 4 Days later:) The Neurologist went on holiday, so we had to wait for two weeks for the biopsy report.
On the 7th day, I went back to the hospital to remove the staples and let’s just say that wasn’t very fun!!
During the next seven days, I was having severe pain in my head. There was a small hard lump on the right side of my head that was getting bigger and bigger. I went back to the hospital where the doctor said it could be blood accumulating so he would have to try and drain it. He put a needle in the lump and started to drain the blood, but as he pulled the needle out he realised it was an artery, and it started to just pour out blood all over… He collapsed the artery and bandaged me up. He said when they pulled out the drain in hospital, the one artery was pulled with it.
Finally, that afternoon the doctor called, and we received the biopsy report, and the results came back as negative:) The doctor told me that they were going to do another biopsy as I was on cortisone for so long and that cortisone can change the results of some biopsy report.
Second biopsy report came back as negative as well thank God. The doctor said he was going to give me his professional opinion and told me it was a lymphoma, in other words, cancer of the glands. He said because of the cortisone it is possible that it changed the report, and we would have to wait for January when he would send me for another MRI.
So finally January arrived, and I went for the MRI and on Thursday the 12th, the doctor looked at the results and said I was officially clean he got it all out, and it has not grown back that it is perfect. I am clean no cancer no tumour, no mass nothing.
I want to thank my friends and family for all the support, hospital visits and chocolates. But most of all for all keeping me in your prayers because God heard them. I have been brought up in a Christian Household but never thought anything like this would really be possible especially to someone like me a sinner, but I want to thank God for my healing and miracle because I know I was healed when my gran and aunt prayed. I still needed the surgery to remove the tumour. But could have been so much worse, but thanks to the prayers I am cancer free, and I recovered so fast. We all know I’m not a perfect Christian, but it shows you how much God still loves you that even someone like me that is not perfect he still loves and heals. If I can be healed, anyone can. All you need to do is believe be positve, pray and thank him for your healing every day.