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It is my pleasure to introduce you to Jill.
I hope I can at least be around to meet all of my niece and nephew’s children. Since I was unable to give my wonderful husband a child, our niece and nephews have always been dear to our hearts. We think of my sister’s children as our own. My sisters have done a great job in the kid department. We have one niece that has started her beautiful family, so we already have the titles of great Aunt Jill and great Uncle Barry and we love every minute of it.
I hope the doctors of the future are taught about compassion and how to use it when it comes to treating patients. I haven’t seen an abundance of compassion, the past few years. I also hope that someone in the medical profession figures out how to treat a gangliocytoma, when it is located in a not so easy spot to deal with during brain surgery (without causing brain injury). I hope that the world continues to grow into a better place to live.
I wish happiness, health, love and well-being to my family.
I wish luck for all of you. I wish family could understand I cannot be the person I was before I had the tumor resected, but I can’t. I wish my mother didn’t look at me as if I were dying every time she looked at me. I wish I could talk to her about problems I am having due to the tumor with her, without her breaking out into a flood of tears. I wish the political part of our world was in better shape. I also wish for a boost in our economy daily. Hopefully, there will be a jump in that very soon. I don’t like to see so many people hurting.
I wish Dr. C would have told me about the brain in a different way. We were in his office for a back/neck problem to discuss scans he had ordered when he stated ” By the way, you have a brain tumor you need to have checked soon!” Barry and I were dumbfounded as we drove home. This date in January 2009, lead to 3 month search for a physician on our insurance, in Georgia, that did brain surgery and had heard of the lovely tumor in my cerebellum. Dr. O was the 39th surgeon we located and and only the second office that I managed to get past the clerk in. He was a God-send.
I dream about…
I dream about growing old with my soul-mate. Curling up with our pup for a nap on the couch. I wish that pup could be Maggie, but I’m not ready to go anywhere yet. I hate to say this, but I hope to out live her. If I don’t, I’m sure she will take good care of Barry. She is such a loving little lady. I dream about Frank, my step-son, turning into the man Barry and I both know he can be.
I am (be)…
I am me, Jill Elizabeth. Nothing more, nothing less. I am a woman with a wonderful husband and family. I am not the genetic tumor in my head or the “academic exercise” a doctor recently referred to me as in an email. I am a thriving, busy wife! I do not like to sit still. I will admit though, lately I am what my body lets me be.
Diagnosis and Treatment
I was diagnosed Gangliocytoma in April 2009, had a craniotomy for resection on April 9, 2009. Four days after my fifth wedding anniversary.
“If it is meant to happen, it will.” – author unknown
Three things about me
I believe in ever-lasting love. I love to garden, I still get out and about when my body lets me and I love Sponge-Bob.
If you would like to contact Jill, you can reach her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BarryJillBaynes (@BarryJillBaynes). You can also leave a comment for her here; she will be reading the comments.
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