Life is Bluetiful!!!!! Oh, yes it is! I did not always agree with this statement…..
Five years ago I woke up at 3AM and my world was literally spinning, I could barely see and was nauseous. I immediately went to the emergency room. My family said my eyes where darting back and forth wildly. In the ER I started profusely vomiting, I was so nauseous and my eyes could not focus on anything. Doctors ordered MRI’s, Cat Scans, and did full blood and urine screenings. I was sent home, told to follow up with an ENT and neurologist (they saw a “bleep” on my MRI).
I finally got in to see a neurologist. He reviewed my scans and sent me for an MRI of the Cervical Spine, the other scans were all of the brain. The same day I went for the MRI I received a call from my neurologist to come into the office first thing in the morning. Now, from working in the medical field, I knew this could not be good. I didn’t sleep well that night.
Neurologist had my scans up on the view box when I walked in. There it was….this “thing” right where my brain and spinal cord met. My spinal cord was severely compressed. The doctor said I need surgery as soon as possible. He got the Chief of Neuro-Surgery on the phone while I was in the office.
Chief of Neuro-Surgery scheduled me for Hemangioblastoma surgery, October 30, 2012. Well, that’s when Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and my surgery was cancelled. I hit an all-time low at this point. I was scared!
My surgery was eventually completed on November 6, 2012, and lasted 6 hours. I woke up in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit unable to feed myself or feel my right side. I stayed in the hospital for over a week and left in a wheelchair. I developed diabetes from the steroids and high blood pressure. I was too weak for out-patient physical therapy, so I received in-home therapy.
One month later I was back in the hospital with pneumonia. After a cat scan I was told they found 11 nodules on my lungs and I needed to go to a pulmonologist. This is when I really began to stress and thought I had something very rare and serious. I was afraid I was going to die. I lost my hair due to the overwhelming stress.
I eventually started walking without my walker and slowly began to go for walks. My friend Amy walked with me and her dogs since I was afraid to go alone (this seems so funny now). In a few months, I slowly began to run. I started working again! I was feeling stronger, I started to run races! I went off all medication! I was feeling happy!!
This year I ran the NYC Marathon, 5 years after my surgery! I am so blessed to be alive! I do not take anyone or anything for granted! I want to live life to the fullest and continue to strive to be a better person than I was the day before. Make everyday, every moment count! Life is Bluetiful!
About Christine Green...
Christine is the mother of three, Justin 23, Matthew 19 and Jaclyn 16. She is a Compliance Specialist at Humana. When not working or spending time with her family, Christine is active with Team RWB. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of American’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Christine would like to remind people to just be kind! When you leave this earth people are not going to remember what you had, they will remember how you treated them.