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My name is Bronwyn and I am so glad you have stopped by for a visit. I hope you find joy and inspiration in everything you see here. I live with my family in a new, builder-grade townhome in a small city, even though my dream home would be a century old farmhouse in the countryside. Daily I strive to add warmth, "age," and character to our little home. I love to knit, crochet, sew, decorate, bake and go thrift shopping. These are all a wonderful release after my three small children are off to bed each evening. Thankfully, I have a patient and understanding husband, Kevin, who allows me to bring all kinds of crazy things into our home in the the name of "creativity."

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays & a Brain Tumor Story

Here is Sketchy Thursdays sketch of the week:

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And my Layout:

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Here is the journalling:
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Yes. We recently went through what no parent EVER wants to go through. To make a long story short (and to keep my from getting weepy AGAIN!)the story goes like this:
During a regular yearly check of Bryn's eyes, the Optometrist saw that his optic nerves were swollen, so he sent us to an Opthalmologist to check these nerves in better detail. He told us that swelling of this kind in the optic nerves is usually caused by swelling of the brain. He sent us for an emergency MRI. Bryn had an MRI at 5pm and by 6:30 we were told he had a fist-sized tumour growing within his skull, crushing his brain and cerebellum. He would need surgery immediately and by 9pm he was in the OR for a 6 hour surgery. Amazingly, everything went perfectly and Bryn has recovered VERY well! His tumor is a benign cystic tumor called a Pilocytic Astrocytoma and it happens in 1 in 100 000 people. Bryn will be under watch for years to come, but we are so glad to have him with us, happy and healthy, even after that ordeal!!

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Want to see what this kind of tumor looks like? Here is an example from another child (Bryn's was larger!):

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Thanks for reading!

5 comments:

  1. Wow, so happy to hear that Bryn is okay and healing up well. Thanks for sharing with us at Sketchy Thursdays! Love how you flipped the sketch.

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  2. Such a beautiful layout and what an amazing story!
    Joanne xo

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  3. LOve this! Thanks for joining us at Sketchy Thursdays this week:)

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  4. Wowwwwwwwwwwww!! You are lucky that his eye doctor caught that! How scary for you! Glad that he is ok now!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee your lo!! I loveeeeeeeee the photo and the colors! Thanks sooooooooooooo much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  5. Wow. What an incredible story. I'm really happy for you and your family that things turned out so well. Good luck to you :)

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