Episode #22 Bouncer the Big Brain Tumor
Episode #22 Bouncer the Big Brain Tumor:
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Episode #22 Bouncer the Big Brain Tumor:
Okay, the podcast will tell you several things about how I ended up having brain surgery to have a massive tumor the size of a tennis ball removed from my brain. Let’s just say the last two years I’ve been pretty sick. I did visit my doctor but I ended up leaving his office with prescriptions that I never filled because whatever they were I knew they wouldn’t help.
Well, I didn’t see my mom or my mother-in-law on Christmas because I was too sick to sit in the car and ride there. I had been losing weight and couldn’t eat anything. The last week of February I was so sick I thought I was going to die. I’m not joking. I was on the couch and praying Alan would come home from work and help me. When he arrived God gave me the strength to sit up to talk to him. I told him we had to find someone to help me because there was something very, very wrong with me. He immediately got online and called a doctor some people told him about and her staff scheduled me for an appointment on March 4th. They also said we needed to plan on spending an hour with her because she was going to examine me and talk to me about my issues. I honestly have never had a doctor spend an hour with me so I’ll be honest, I didn’t believe it. Guess what? She spent one hour and fifteen minutes with me. I was shocked! And blessed because she asked the questions I wanted to talk about so she could figure out what my body was going through.
I have a thyroid issue and I thought that could be the problem but boy was I wrong! My new doctor ordered lab work to check my levels but she also told me she wanted to order an MRI. I’m claustrophobic but I didn’t care. I needed the MRI so her office was going to arrange all the details and call us to let us know when the appointment was. They called and told me that Monday, March 11th at 11: oo I needed to go to Knoxville for the appointment. Perfect. I was finally going to find out why I was so sick.
During the MRI the medical team that was running it saw something so they stopped the procedure and told me they needed to add contrast. When the contrast is injected into the body it improves the quality of the MRI images. The contrast is called gadolinium and some people are allergic so I requested they get Alan because I wanted to speak to him before that happened. They found Alan in the lobby and brought him to my room so I could see him. No big deal. I just wanted to see him in case I had a reaction to the contrast so we continued the MRI. I did it! I got through it without having a meltdown. We went home and I got sick again. UGH!
Then my new doctor called and told me the results of my lab work. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t great either. She adjusted my prescription for my thyroid issue and she prescribed vitamins and informed me I needed to start them soon. Alan and I went to a local pharmacy and got them. Thank goodness I felt good enough to go. It was like going to a resort because it had been so long since I’d been out of the house. We found the vitamins and they buy one get one free. That was a nice bonus!
Next, the big phone call came. I was in the living room on the couch sick and couldn’t get up so Alan answered my phone. I could tell he was focused on what he was saying and I could tell the other person on the phone shared that focus. It was the day after my MRI and my doctor called to tell us I had a massive tumor and needed to see the neurosurgeon immediately. We needed to be at the office in one hour and we lived an hour and fifteen minutes away.
Once we got to the office I met the nicest doctor, staff, and nurses ever. They explained how I needed surgery and it needed to happen Tuesday. I finally knew what was wrong with me. It felt good to know that there was something and people were willing to take care of me. So Tuesday at 5:30 am I was at UT hospital and at 5:39 they were preparing me for surgery.
Surgery went well. I woke up pain-free, I have my vision back, and I remember things without asking the same question three or four times in a row.
Then I felt something. I felt YOU ALL! I felt you praying for me. My daughter and son read me Facebook messages, Instagram messages, and texts messages. They told me how much money was being donated on the Go Fund Me page and I was overwhelmed! You know I didn’t cry because I had a brain tumor. I cried because of how much love I felt from you! I had no idea that so many people knew my blog or me. You all are the reason I’m healing so well. You’re the reason my recovery is going so well. You’re the reason I can look at the hospital bills and know that everything will be alright. It’s you. You’re the angles that have lifted me and carried me through this. Thank you! For some reason, the words thank you don’t seem like enough. I want to give you all bear hugs and share a cookie with you. I want to show you how much you mean to me because you showed me so much love that I’ve had a pain-free recovery.
I still feel the love you’re sending me. I still feel the prayers you’re praying for me. I still feel the speedy recovery taking place and it’s because of you. Thank you! Please keep praying. I go back to the doctor tomorrow to have my 2-week follow-up appointment. I will also have another MRI in six months to make sure “Bouncer” the Big Brain Tumor doesn’t come back. I have to admit, for the past few days, I’ve been working on this podcast. It’s been 2 weeks and one day since my surgery. I haven’t felt this good in years! That’s because “Bouncer” has been growing in my brain for the last five to ten years. Now he’s gone and God is showing me what to do with my life. He showed me before but because of your love, I see things very clearly. I’m going to do what He wants me to do and the first thing is to tell you how you’ve blessed me. You’ve blessed me more than any of us will ever know!
The second thing we all need to do is continue to show this love to others. Who knew having Cookie Camp with a few people I knew online would lead to such a strong, kind, loving community? Not me. I thought it would be a fun weekend. Nope. It was a weekend that changed my life and showed me how much love is in this world. Again, it’s because of you. Thank you!
I’m getting a few tears now so I’m going to share a few pictures of my family with you. Then, I’m going to have a talk with God and tell him again and again how thankful, grateful, and blessed I am because of you. I love you all and you’ll never know how much you have touched my heart and my life! God bless you all!
This is my oldest son Chase cutting my chicken so I can eat it. The first meal I’d had in weeks. UT has good hospital food! Thanks, Chase for the help!
When I woke up from surgery I asked Tylor, my other son, to make me chicken and dumplings. He said he’d make them and we’d eat them. Well, thanks to the drugs I was under I told him I didn’t want to eat them. I just wanted to watch him to make them! Well, he made them when I got home and we all ate them. This guy can cook! Thanks Tylor!
This is my daughter Madison. She is smart, beautiful, and can do anything in this world! She is wearing a “Bouncer” Band! I didn’t know that I had to have my head covered every time I go outside for the next two years but the doctor said the sun could cause my incision damage so I bought some super cute headbands from Amazon. Once Madison saw them she made a purchase herself. Then, she sent me a text telling me she is wearing her “Bouncer” Band! Made me very happy!
bobbimscott named the headbands “Bouncer” Bands and I love it! My mom and daughter-in-law even ordered some! Thanks bobbimscott for the cool name for them!
Heres the gang with “Bouncer” Bands! Alan, Tylor, Heather, Madison and me! I love headbands!
This is Anne, Chase, Brooke, and Tripp. They’re at the Georgia Aquarium today and they’re sending me pictures. It makes me feel like I’m there with them! Thanks for sharing the pictures with me guys. I love the dolphin video!
These are my grandkids, Tripp and Brooke! Thanks for the wonderful picture of you! You both are awesome kids!!!!!!
Episode #22 Bouncer the Big Brain Tumor:
Now don’t look any lower if you don’t want to see the size of “Bouncer.” I’m going to share an image with you on how big he was and an image on the CT Scan 5 hours after he was removed. Then, I’ll let you know what the doctor says tomorrow. So if you’re brave, scroll down and say #byebyeBouncer!
This is “Bouncer” and he was the size of a tennis ball. #byebyebouncer!
This is the CT Scan that was taken 5 hours after the doctor bounced “Bouncer” out of my head! See the dark area where “Bouncer” lived? It will take about three months for my brain to move back. I’m not driving any time soon and I’ll wear my “Bouncer” Bands for the next two years. I’ll let you know what the doctor says after my appointment tomorrow.
Thanks again for all the prayers, love, hugs, donations, and kindness you’ve given me. I feel and it’s helping me recover. I hope to start making cookies Monday or Tuesday. Won’t that be awesome? Making cookies three weeks after surgery! It’s because of YOU!!!!!! Thank you! I love you all!!!!!
Lisa – That is an absolutely gorgeous photo of you with your glasses and scarf!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing all the information. I wish you a speedy recovery!
So happy for you! GOD IS GOOD! Always in my prayers.
Thank God for all his blessings, keep inspiring us with all your help about baking. Our Lord Jesus Christ bless you ?
Thank you so much for the update. We are so thankful for God’s grace and healing from the surgery.
You are a blessing to all of us. You are enriching our lives with your testimony. God Bless you and your wonderful family.
Wow, girl! You’re just amazing. Thanks for sharing your experience. You never know who you may help by doing that! I wish you the best and you will remain in my prayers. Love the headband, too. Sounds like you have awesome support through friends and family and I just know you’ll do well with recovery. Hugs from southeast Georgia .
I’ve prayed for you! Such a terrible thing to happen to anybody! Thank you for being so open and sharing your experience and photos of your lovely family. Best to you and yours!!!
Thank God you are getting better and healing from Bouncer. What a great family and support unit you have. I wish you a speeding recovery. I am new to sugar cookie making even thou I have baked all my life never cut out sugar cookies. love your recipe. The only one I use. God bless you and keep getting strong.
Wow So amazing ! Your in my daily prayers God is so good ❤️
Been following you for awhile now. So glad someone finally listened to you to look for the issue. Everyday is a blessing, We are praying in NC for your full recovery. Keep the faith, sending blessings your way. Kim. Wilmington, NC
You are an amazing example of strength and I’m so glad you are feeling loved. Some friends of ours just lost their four year old to an operable brain tumor. They are beautiful strong people and I feel crushed for anyone going through this kind of thing. So happy they were able to Bounce “Bouncer”!! Hang in there and know that you are loved by your Savior as well as those here on earth.
You look great Lisa! So glad all is going so very well, and will keep praying for you, Alan and the rest of the family.
Sister, I love every word and picture you shared! God is great!! You have been truly blessed with an awesome family!
I send you Bear hugs and prayers from Holly Springs, NC
You’ve been on my mind so often lately. Thank you for updating us and here’s to a speedy and full recovery!
So sorry to hear what you’ve been through, but so, so, SO happy that you are on the road to recovery! Look forward to your posts again. I love your posts and always learn a lot from them!
Sending prayers for healing..God is good everyday and everyday God is good
I am so happy that you are finally, are on your road to recovery! Thank God for our medical staffs.. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
Your story brought me to tears. I am so glad to hear you are recovering well. You don’t know me. You don’t know a lot of us fans, but you are so loved and respected. I will continue to pray for your quick and full healing! Gos bless you!
Dearest Lisa, I am just so thankful it was not cancerous! You are blessed to have such a kind and loving family! I continue to pray for you daily.
Thank you for sharing your amazing journey. You’ve been on my heart. So happy 5hat you are having success. There’s no replacement for family and friends. Know that you are in my prayers. Much love❤️
Thank you for your update. I will continue to pray for you and your family as time goes by. I’m so happy to
hear that you are home and feeling better and that you will be baking cookies again soon.
Baking is such a stress reliever for me.
May God Bless You.
I have been praying for you and wondering how it is all going! Thank you so much for the update. We have a dear friend, Bob, who has just had brain surgery and is undergoing chemo and radiation, so as often as I pray for him, I pray for you (which is very often). God is good and is getting the glory that is rightfully His through it all! Continued prayers for a speedy recovery. Let’s tell everyone how great our God is!
Oh my gosh, I can totally hear Alan saying “have fun!” when you headed to surgery! I also completely believe that you were the nicest patient in the hospital — you are always the sweetest to the people around you! So glad you are getting better, my friend.
I just walked through my best friend having brain cancer. Praise God she is on the other side of that now and so are you! God is good!! I bet those cookies you are going to make are going to be there best ones you ever made! To God be ALL the glory! ?
You’er a inspiration to so many. A lot of people would be irate with the doctors over the years that didn’t diagnose you. Thank you God for healing our friend.
Wow! I’m so glad they were able to remove it and that you are feeling so much better. It’s so scary to face something like this, but you have done it with grace. I’m glad you have your family to lean on as well as the cookie community. We all love you and wish you a speedy recovery. ?
Janis (Janis Bakes)
God is so good!
Loved your podcast.
Love you very much!!!!!
We are all still praying for you! You are so strong and courageous, and such an inspiration to us all. We love you, and keep up the good fight. My prayer is that God will continue to hold you tightly and help you and your family through this all! Thank you for sharing your story with us.
So wonderful to read this ALL!!! I’ve been trying to check up and in on you – one level lower than stalking I promise, lol – so this is a relief to finally enjoy such amazing and powerful news!!! Keep on taking care if you and enjoy every moment of the pampering and doting – you deserve it!!!
I am SO happy to hear you are doing so well. That brain tumor looks so scary. No wonder you were not feeling well. I’m glad you took it upon yourself to find a doctor who would listen to you. I hope your recovery continues to go smoothly. I look forward to seeing more of your creations but want you to take it easy for a while. We’ll be here waiting when you feel up to decorating cookie again. HUGS!
Hi Lisa, I am so happy to hear your surgery was a success after suffering for so long. And what a wonderful family you have! I love “real” chicken and dumplings, talk about comfort and healing food 🙂 May God bless your recovery and I look forward to seeing more cookies when you’re feeling up to it!
God bless you!!! Go slow, have patience! Tome will heal everything and life is going to be AWESOME!! Keep the faith!!! I will keep you in my morning daily prayers!!! Remember you are soooo blessed!!!
Lisa, I am glad to see you recovering well. GOD IS GOOD!! I am keeping you in my prayers.
Praise God for your healing! Can’t wait to see what you have for us next.
Praise God for answered prayers! Thank you for sharing your faith journey. What a testimony. I will continue to keep you in my prayers for continued strength and full recovery. God is good….all the time!
I’ve been concerned and so glad you are doing better. I wish i had known about your fundraiser. If you still need help count me in!
Also I thought about you at CookieCon and how much you helped at the first CookieCon. You are special to me!
Praise God! Thank you for sharing this ah-mazing testimony! Who knows that you’re not saving someone’s life now by reading this!
We love you Lisa & family! So many prayers for continued healing!
Sending you huge hugs and lots of love. God is good all the time !! Can’t wait to follow along with you as you discover what He has planned for you now.Keeping you in prayer for healing, strong body and healthy paced healing.
God knows what he’s doing to help you heal. Lovely family. I know it’s hard but remember stay strong even on those days it gets hard to cope. Bless you.
I’m so so happy that Bouncer is gone and you are on the mend!! God is so good and the power of prayer is limitless! You have a beautiful family, and I would like to order those headbands from Amazon too!! So next time you post, send us the name of them or the link!! Be gentle with yourself and give your body time to heal!
God is good!
Great podcast. I wish you a speedy recovery. It is so great to hear you so lively.
So happy your surgery went well Lisa. God is good.
Prayers from Seattle
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty there’s nothing my God cannot do??
I’m so thankful you’re better!
? a cookie fan
Wonderful to hear that you are doing well and that your surgery went well. Thank you for updating us.
It was so good to get this update from you….My thoughts have been with you…and you have made me so happy with this update. Continue to rest and recover….Please continue to update on your recovery xo
Thank you for the update!! Thank god for the Doctor who took the time to see you. She deserves cookies!! Love and hugs!
So glad everything went well. I miss your posts and am very happy to hear from you! God bless you and your family. XO
God is good! So thankful that you are feeling good! Prayers will continue!
Thank you for sharing your story. I use to be an MRI Tech, so I know how hard it is to tell a patient that contrast is needed. You look so beautiful and we are all grateful that things are going to be ok for you. Our prayers will continue with you through your recovery.
My sister had a similar story like yours, she is still with us today. God Bless You!
So happy to know the surgery went well.
Feeling so touched reading your warm words.
I’m going to keep praying for your speedy recovery again and again 🙂
God is good. Glad to hear you’re doing well.
Lisa, the Lord has been bringing you to mind daily to be lifted up in prayer. I didn’t know your name until just now so I’ve been praying for “bearfoot”:) Please continue to keep us posted, it was so good to hear how things were going.
Your sister on Christ,
Wow, what an amazing story! Thank you for sharing your inspiring and positive messages. Wishing you well on your healing journey!! ?
Such great and encouraging news!! God is great all the time. May He continue to strengthen you and bless your healing. ♥️??
I have tears streaming down my face reading this Lisa…u have been thru so much! ? I’m so happy that you’re getting better though! I always pray every night for my blog friends!
I haven’t been able to get on the internet for 6 wks and then I thought this phone was good, but it’s so slow, that it’s almost not worth it! So it’s been 2 months not being able to see what’s going on with my favorite food bloggers!?
You take care of yourself and everybody will be here praying for you for a speedy recovery! J xo
Praising God with you! He is the Great Physician! I am a 6 year breast cancer survivor, and my husband had brain surgery for a benign acoustic neuroma in 2008. God has been faithful! Take care of yourself!
You got this girl!
Thank you for your talent. You are so gifted.
Lisa, Thanks for the update. I have been praying for you.
I’m glad to hear that you are making a fast recovery &
Love your upbeat attitude!!!
Wishing you all the Best!
Thanks for sharing. Prayers for a total recovery!
Lisa, when I read your email and saw your beautiful face, all I could say is Glooooooory to God and sing Great Is Thy Faithfulness!!! We serve a mighty God who cares for each of us deeply! Your healing and recovery makes my heart glad! May the Father continue to bless you and strengthen you during the recovery process!!!
How scary…Wishing you a speedy recovery
So happy to see your smiling face and lovely family. Praying and sending love and hugs. ?
God bless you Lisa! I continue to pray for you. Bouncer I’d Gone! Gone! Gone! Praise the Lord! We have an Awesome God. My love to you and your beautiful family. What a testimony! ???❤️❤️❤️
Thanks God everything is ok. Stay positive and be thankful for being with us. I am one of 27% who has survived five years after a third stage of cancer. Looking forward to your post. Best wishes from Belgrade, Serbia. With love, Sladja
Get perfectly well!!!
I was waiting your podcast – I am really happy to hear about you!!!
I send you love and prays from Hungary
You and your beautiful family are truly blessed! It is so hard to find a doctor that will actually “listen”. God put this doctor in your path for a darn good reason! Thank you for sharing such an intimate and emotional journey. Continuing prayers and heartfelt hugs.
Lisa, so grateful that you are recovering very well. Your have a wonderful family, love the smiles on their faces but your grandchildren takes the cookies they are so precious. My God keep blessing you and your family, You are such a WONDERFUL GIFT to all of use.
I am in tears reading your story!! Thank you for sharing such a personal part of your life. I will keep you in my prayers!!
Sending love and prayers ❣️?
I e always loved reading your posts not just because of the recipe content but because your sweet spirit always seems to shine through. I’ll be praying for you this very morning and continue to do so. Blessings my friend from your western neighbor here in Franklin, TN .with love and HOPE in Him,
Thank you for sharing your story. I always think there is somebody else with similar problems and no way of knowing which way to turn. You have touched so many people in the past with your cookie business ( me included) and now you may help somebody in a different way. I am so happy that you are feeling so much better and am thrilled for you that your family is beside you. I am really impressed with how fast you seem to be recovering! You are in my prayers.
So happy things went well during surgery. I have prayed and will continue to do so for a speedy recovery. You are so strong and brave and an inspiration to us all! God Bless You!
You must have read my mind. I was hoping to hear how your surgery went. It was a hugh relief to hear your great news! God is good! Best wishes for continued healing!
I love your posts and am so very glad you are doing well. My prayers for you and your family will continue. Almost 20 years ago, I had a stroke and I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all the prayers I received. Keep the positive attitude it really makes all the difference.
Get well soon, we need your help in decorating cookies!
Lisa, thank you for the update. When I saw the picture of Bouncer, I was stunned. Isn’t it amazing what the human body and spirit can adapt to! I am so glad your surgery went well and Bouncer has been bounced!
I only recently found your blog and it inspired me to make cookies at Christmas. You have such a fun and quirky sense of things and it shows in your blog and in your cookies.
As I told my best friend when she had to have brain surgery to remove a tumor due to Cushings disease, “Even baby steps will get you to where you are going.”
Sending you and your family healthy thoughts and wishes.
That’s excellent news Lisa. So happy that this is all behind you and that you’re feeling much better now. Take it easy. Onwards and upwards beautiful❤️?
Very happy to hear you are doing well. It is such a blessing to get to the other side of surgery and see all the love around us. Life really looks so much brighter. Enjoy your beautiful family and hopefully you will be able to go with the grandkids soon. Prayers for continued healing and good health.
Good work, Lord. I knew we could count on You!!
God has listened to your prayers, Marian! He is amazing!
Thank you for praying for me! You’ll never know how much you mean to me!!!!
Thrilled that you’re ok!
I am very happy to hear that all is going well and that you are feeling so much better. He is always here for us and so, so good!! God Bless you!
I’m so happy you are feeling better, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Thank you, Linda! Praise the Lord you’re a Cancer Survivor!!! God has taken care of both of us!
Hugs my friend!!!!!!
LISA it is so good to hear that your doing well and that bouncer has been bounced lol, I love your cookies and all your great ideas, prayers for you for a speedy recovery and that bouncer has been bounced for good , he is no longer welcome so adios bouncer and there is no return ticket for you, lots of love LISA.
I’m so very happy for this podcast Lisa, I have been praying for your quick recovery. Take very good care of yourself. Your strong and have a loving family and lots of friends by you if not in person in prayers. Bear Hugs for you, sweet lady. Now hurry and make some cookies.
Lisa, glad its all better now and prayers are sent your way! beautiful pictures!!!
It is all better now Maria! I haven’t had a headache since the surgery on March 19th! I’m actually doing a happy dance in my mind. Hahahaha
God has answered so many prayers and He’s shown us all amazing love. I didn’t cry when they told me I had a tumor. I didn’t cry when they told me I’d need brain surgery. I cry when I realize how many people prayed for me, sent love to me and my family, made donations, and sent bear hugs! That makes me cry because I love you all and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give you a hug in real life. Just know that your prayers saved me!
Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!
Bye Bye Bouncer!!!!!! I’ve been thinking of you. You are always the first site I check when I want to make something cute. Thank you for sharing your story!
Love, prayers and bear hugs. You ROCK. So brave So lovely. Your family is, too. Bu-Bye Bouncer and good
Riddance. You are a living testimony to the miracles from God. PLT ?????
Thankful for your recovery. God is good even in the midst of the not so good ? I’ll lift up you & your family in prayer.
God speed on your recovery.
So glad your surgery was successful and I’m thanking God for your speedy recovery. Be blessed always!!
Bouncer didn’t know who he was dealing with!! Such a wonderful outcome. Prayer is so powerful. Gods love is good! How spiritually uplifting it must be to know you are so loved by family and friends. To know so many people prayed for you and your family and your caregivers too! God Bless you real good Lisa.
Will continue to pray for you and family. May faith and prayer give you strength. love from canada
God is so good! Continuing to pray for your healing!!
WOW! God Bless you & your family! Wishing you continued healing, strength, and faith!!
By By Bouncer!! No one will miss you! Lol. I shall continue to pray for you everyday! I hope you have a very speedy recovery! Looking forward to more cookies to come! You have an amazing family! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you LoreneGo! Your prayers and loving thoughts are what is helping through this wonderful pain-free recovery! You’re wonderful and I’m sending you hugs!!!!!!
WOW, Lisa! That is one crazy big tumor! Praising God right along with your family and friends that He spared your life! You have a lot of life left to live and I’ll be keeping you in my prayers!! :o)
Continued prayers during your amazing recovery!!
Thank you Deb! The prayers are working and I’m so thankful to all of you! God bless you!
Hi Lisa. I just wanted to wish you well on this Easter Sunday. I have been thinking about you and praying for you to recover and by reading your post, it seems like you are back on the mend! Thank you for sharing all that you do. You are an inspiration to many!
Hi Lisa I am Gigi from Quito, Ecuador I am very happy to know you are doing good, take care and be sure that many many people are praying for you.
Thank you for praying for me. God has answered so many prayers and I’m grateful all of you are sending me so much love! Thank you!
WOW – I’ve been reading your articles, but first noticed Episode 22 today. Thanks for all the information you’ve shared (I mention your site in some of my articles) and I do, indeed, wish you and your family health and happiness going forward. Note that my latest article mentions you related to the subject of creating grids for frosting nails.
Thank you so much Karen! I loved the article you wrote and shared it on Facebook. I’m off to church now and I’ll make some flowers when I get home. You inspired me!
I am not sure if you even know who we are… but I just wanted you to know that we contine to pray for you daily Lisa! We have had you on our daily prayer list since reading about your tumor and anonymously donating to the gofundme Callye set up (I guess that’s not anonymous anymore, huh? ?). Praying your health keeps improving & you continue to feel love from all sides and above! Sending you “bear” hugs & love, Sharon & Dan, Stencil Expressions