Category Archives: brain tumors

Chapter 64 — The Packing Box’s Story

          The last packing box went out with the recyclables this week.  Silly, to be a little sad over a packing box, but when you’ve lived long, there is much of the past and it becomes more wrenching to let … Continue reading

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Chapter 21 — More About Men

Glioblastoma multiforme is one of the most serious brain tumors.  Not to imply that any brain tumor is not serious, but some have slightly better survival rates.  When a glioblastoma reaches Stage 4, as it had by the time my … Continue reading

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Chapter 12 — Nothing More We Can Do

  February, 2007.   There was nothing more the hospital could do for Ron.  We contacted hospice, as the medical people had been urging us to do.  We learned that if he went into hospice, there could be no attempted rehabilitation, … Continue reading

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Chapter 11 — Superwoman is Away From Her Desk Right Now

I believe Greta  understood that Ron wasn’t home.   Someday, when they find a way to translate English into Dog,  I’ll explain that her play times became shorter and I left her alone longer because I needed to be  with him … Continue reading

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Chapter 9 — Bittersweet

It was Greta’s first Christmas, and she was livin’ the dream. Her pack multiplied from 3 to 12. There was noise and liveliness and laughter.  Kyle, 9, and Trey, 6, took her for walks.  They ran with her across the … Continue reading

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Chapter 7–At Duke, There Is Hope

I sat in the long, narrow waiting room with one of those magazines on my lap that you don’t really read.  You just turn pages, a sentence here, a paragraph there, until they call your name.  When the receptionist summoned … Continue reading

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Chapter 5 — Hashawha

On a golden Sunday early in  November, Hashawha called to us. The environmental center seven miles to the  north of our home had long been one of our favorite hiking areas.  Trails ran like ribbons over the rolling hills, and … Continue reading

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