And the winner is….gangliocytoma!
Dr. J himself called this morning with the best news. Martha is a gangliocytoma, a benign (!), slow-growing (!) brain tumor that may never cause trouble. While these buggers are generally operable and curable with surgery, I don’t need another surgery. As long as I don’t develop seizures, Dr. J recommends no further treatment for now.
He made a point of saying that he is comfortable with the results and diagnosis, and wouldn’t have called if he had doubts or if it was bad news. In fact, a few of the cells in the sample were normal! Right now we will plan on a regimen of annual MRIs and if anything changes–and chances are good that Martha will just stay put and not cause problems–we’ll deal with it then.
Gaglioctyomas are rare and, as a sister said, it figures that I’d have the kind no one has heard of before. Another friend pointed out that apparently I AM the 1%. If I knew how to use Twitter, #occupyamandasbrain would be trending right now.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.