I’m going to rewind a little because so many super-smart or interested people want to know more about the tumor. The doctors believe this thing is a Intraventricular Tumor. Sounds confusing but really just tells you where it is located… in the ventricles. Deep in the center, beneath all the lobes, the ventricles are where the cerebrospinal fluid calls home. The tumor is right in the middle of my cerebrospinal fluid, blocking it from moving to my spinal cord.
OK. The surgery. I’ll explain this as best as I can. I will get a 4-5 inch incision on my scalp somewhere in the middle between the top of my head to the bottom curve of my right eyebrow. Shave my head? I didn’t ask… I thought it sounded too vain to even worry about it. I may just have to get some really cute hats or headbands or something and my hairdresser already is up to the challenge for later. Then the doctor will cut a pumpkin top in my skull, go ever-so-carefully through my frontal lobe to the exact position where a cyst has created a sack of fluid. Directly under the cyst is the tumor where he will remove as much as possible and as safely as possible. Testing will begin on it immediately to determine exactly what the cells are, and then we go from there. This is so random but Sunday morning I got this picture from Nani. My surgeon was on the local news! He is going to rock it!