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Chris Schriever

First came the tumor; it’s the root of the issue.

Radiating the Tumor details my experiences living with acromegaly. The journey begins where the tumor regains its strength, working to take over a second time.

Within the posts I share my attempts to find peace of mind, to heal and my hopes for remission. I detail my thoughts and feelings throughout stereotactic radiation treatments. And continue as, well, one does in life.

Originally diagnosed with acromegaly due to a hormone producing pituitary macro-adenoma in early 2014, in May of 2014 I underwent transsphenoidal surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

I was at the beginning, and I remain today, committed to fighting for peace of mind free from the pains of acromegaly. I am determined that this rare disease will not claim me as its victim.

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I was just about ready to head upstairs to bed when our friend and neighbor Jen dropped by with the most delicious looking oatmeal banana muffins. Gluten free and looking to good to eat, they proved perfect for a quick, grab and go breakfast as we walked out the door this morning. What a delightful treat. So tasty and such a sweet way to start the drive up to Baltimore this morning. Thank you Jen!

Fortunately traffic was light on the drive up and Mr. P and I arrived on the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus before 7:30am. I was called back early today at 8:10am.

Melissa was chatty this morning telling me about the importance of the daily scans taken before and after the daily radiation treatments. The scans are used to line everything up. Using the initial setup scan, and the marks on the mask, the daily pre-treatment scan is shown over the setup scan to ensure my head is perfectly aligned and the radiation beams target the exact areas prescribed by Dr. Kleinberg. The post-treatment scan is used to confirm everything remained in line throughout the treatment.

Given the potential damage of the alignment being even a degree off, it was reassuring to hear about these safety checks.

My superhero mask always feels tightest on Monday mornings after a couple of days without treatment. It was much more comfortable today and my headache far less intrusive. With the treatment completed early, Mr. P and I were on our way back to Washington, D.C., by 8:40am and I was in my office before 10am.

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3 comments on “Day 11: Muffin Kindness

  1. Janelle says:

    Thank you for sharing this journey. I am daily reading and wishing that I were closer to be delivering wonderful baked goods, driving you, or helping out with the twins. So happy to see the wonderful support system you are surrounded by! Know that I am following along, missing you as always, and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love, light and continuing positive thoughts!!

    1. cschriever says:

      Thank you Janelle! xo

    2. cschriever says:

      You’ve always been a beaming light of happiness and positivity! Thank you for being you, Janelle. xo

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