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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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As I dragged myself from my bed and into the shower just before 6am, I was reminded it was Friday. Friday’s carried on a new meaning as the treatments carried on.

The daily treks were starting to wear on me, but thankfully this was treatment #28. Following today’s treatment I am rewarded with an 8 day break before diving into the final four! Ahhhh how I didn’t think those days would come!

The waiting room is quite different these days. There is Bob and his wife Donna, and generally two others. One who spends most of her time rocking back in forth complaining about the pain and discomfort from the side effects of her treatment, which includes both chemotherapy and radiation simultaneously. While Acromegaly is rare and causes its own host of chronic pains and daily issues, I am fortunate my tumor is benign. As Dr Q, my neurosurgeon pointed out during my first meeting with him, this would be a entirely different path if my tumor was precancerous.

I headed back for my roughly 22 minute treatment feeling more upbeat and positive then I’d felt in a few days. Let’s do this.

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