“When I learned I was going to be treated with CyberKnife for my brain tumor, I regained hope.”
“It all started in March 2009. I was 39 years old. I was feeling tired for some time. One day, I started seeing double and felt a paralysis that eventually affected a whole part of my face and I learned I had a brain tumor.”
Despite several unsuccessful attempts at other treatments for brain tumors, Florence continued searching, hoping to find another option and learned about CyberKnife Radiation Therapy.
“All I wanted to do was to get better, especially for my son, I didn’t want him to be alone. I told him the truth and explained that I was going to have a new treatment.
I started CyberKnife treatment in March 2010. In total, I had 5, one hour sessions. Shortly after the last session, the doctor noted a reduction in the tumor. The first session was a little bit difficult because I was stressed, but I quickly adjusted and after a few sessions I wasn’t afraid anymore. I tolerated my treatment very well, I was never anxious, I told myself that worse case scenario, I would go back to see my little robot again, (the CyberKnife) I humanized it.
Once my treatment was over, I quickly got my confidence for the future back and I felt less tired. The great thing was I had no side effects. I could do everything I did before.
After my treatment, I returned to work half-time very quickly, because it was possible for me to work normally again.
What was most difficult for me was that, unconsciously, some people around me were looking at me differently and I sometimes had the impression I had to prove my abilities all over again.
In the beginning, I was going for a check-up every 6 months, now it’s only once a year.
There are so many people who don’t know about the CyberKnife System and everything that this technique can do. I wish more people could have access to it.”
Educating others about your experience with CyberKnife® can help others who face similar decisions about their own cancer treatment choices.
Talk about your experience with friends and family and encourage them to share your story as well.
Start a blog on which you can share with your social network.
Speak at a local patient advocacy organization or support group meeting.
If you are interested in sharing your story or have any questions, please contact us at CyberKnife Miami.
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