I'm new here. My partner, 55 y/o, was diagnosed with brain tumours on 4/8/11. He had a surgery on 8/8/11 to resect a bulk of his tumours and was officially confirmed with GBM Stage IV on 11/8/11. Wow, how life can turn upside down within a week!!! :-S
At the moment, I'm trying to be optimistic although deep down I'm afraid that one day he'll be gone just like the vast majority of people with GBM. Well, a friend said where there's life, there's hope. :)
The last few days I feel quite good and not being too worried about the whole thing. Am I in denial? People at work asked me about my partner and I talked about it openly without feeling upset. I think the way I talked made them think it's not so serious even though I quoted our good oncologist "Trust me, I know what I am doing and at our centre we have 39% 2 year survival rate". WOW seriously!! is that supposed to be a good rate??
You can't feel or act the same all the time so you can't be upset constantly. Anyway at work you would be in a different frame of mind.That said,there may be times when you're in denial. There were times when I used to say to myself that none of this is real 'cause it feels like I'm in a movie about someone else.This was when my husband had cancer 6 years ago and me last year. I suspect it's our mind's way of coping when the reality is too much for us.
Yes, I agree it seems so unreal. When we first knew about my partner's tumour and that he would require a surgery, I would wake up every morning and thought it was just a nightmare. Now it seems the surgery was the least of our problem.
What a bummer, we plan to go to Europe next year and we already bought tickets! 😞
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