20 years ago I underwent my first brain operation. I was 19 years old when I began developing severe headaches which sometimes blurred my vision. As time passed, my headaches occurred more frequently and at times, I would blackout.
Doctors first thought my symptoms could’ve been related to a more serious vision problem, or possibly from the few minor concussions I had experienced as a kid. After several tests including a CT scan, the doctors found a benign brain tumor pressing on my frontal lobe.
Story told by daughter of MedicAlert + Safe Return Member
My mom passed away 6 years ago from a heart attack. Her loss was very difficult and unexpected; especially for my dad…
They were married for 56 years and he had a very hard time dealing with her passing. My husband and I decided with us being retired, and my mom being gone, that it would be best for my dad to come live with us.
A few years ago I experienced the scare of my life, and one that I will never forget. While asleep next to my husband and our two teenage daughters down the hall, I began to have difficulty breathing.
Within the first few moments, my struggle to breath didn’t seem abnormal from any other time prior. After living severe asthma my entire life, I was used to the occasional attacks which were always alleviated by my inhaler.
When Alexis was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I had never imagined what this would mean for our family long-term. The type of brain tumor she had is called Craniopharyngioma; which is a rare tumor found near the pituitary gland.
On a breezy evening last February, Alice was in the kitchen cleaning up from dinner. Her husband was working a late shift and one of her eldest sons was studying over a friend’s house studying.
After a short while of cleaning, she realized she hadn’t seen her 8 year-old son Spencer since he left from the dinner table. Alice called out for him but heard no response. She figured he was in his room playing with his new constructions set so she waited a few more minutes to start looking for him.
We knew it was only a matter of time until my grandmother would no longer be with us. After years of living with a weak heart, her health slowly began to deteriorate a few years ago. She lived in an assisted living facility that was absolutely wonderful to her the last few years of her life.
Two years ago, my husband had a near fatal car accident on his drive home from visiting our daughter; this accident was due to his blood sugar dropping dangerously low. I was out of town when everything occurred, and we are truly blessed that he didn’t injure other drivers on the road that morning.
Story Told By Mother of MedicAlert Kid Smart® Customer
Our middle son Brandon (10 yrs) was diagnosed with Autism shortly after his first birthday. Upon hearing the diagnosis, my husband and I decided it best for our family if I stayed home with Brandon, at least through his toddler and elementary years.
Over the past few years, my ability to be around Brandon at all times before and after school has been a blessing, especially since he has developed a strong tendency to wander off.