On Wednesday, March 23, 2010, I had a dizzy spell at a local gas station and fainted. An ambulance was called, but I refused it. Later in the afternoon, I was taken to to the Emergency Room. After working with me all day, they gave me an MRI and found a brain tumor. A surgeon explained it to me, and I again refused medical treatment. I had been having headaches, vomiting, and nausea for a month before all of this. All I wanted to do was lay around. My two sons flew in to be with me while I was having tests. During all this time, I could not walk straight, had to hold onto walls, and used a cane to support my walking. My surgeon had shared the operation options with me. I still could not convince myself to have it. My sons told me the entire thing was completely up to me. The decision alone was mine; no one could make it for me. I could only think: "Do I want to live the rest of my life like this? Also, if I should I die, then what? I have lived a good life." Then we had another meeting with the surgeon, as to what I should do. We had a conference call with him. I kept thinking, "God is willing to give me another chance. There is surely something He wants me to do. What? Is it to share this story with others?"
From the end of March to July, I considered my options. Finally, sometime in June, I decided to have the surgery. I contacted my surgeon, and set the date for July 7th. I entered the hospital on July 6th and was operated on the following day. I came home on Sunday July 11th. I had a lot of therapy and was watched over constantly by my sons and daughter-in-law. Without their guidance and love, I would never have made it. They were wonderful to me all through this. When I was able to be on my own, they returned to their respective jobs in West Virginia and California. Without all the prayers all over the United States, only God could help me, and He did. I have never regretted my decision. I had the most wonderful surgeon. After having the surgery done, I did not realize this was a common operation, and vomiting can be the very first sign.