Monday, October 28, 2013

I'm not a hypochondriac...

I was going through the Facebook Enoji’s this morning to see which one I would choose if I was posting anything. There are SO MANY that I could pick right now. Confused, surprised, scared, determined, blessed, loved…just to name a few.

And then I went down to the deli earlier this morning and the sweet lady who was ringing up my Tylenol said “Are you ok? You look bad.” Gotta love brutal honesty, right?

You ever leave work at night with a horrible stress headache? And it’s no big deal. It’s a headache like you’ve had a hundred times before. I’ve never been a person who handles stress very well. Growing up I would throw up and get migraines that were supposed to be caused from stress. It’s all I’ve ever known, so the headaches and inability to hold food down lately are nothing new. I’ve had CAT scans and MRI’s in the past, but they were always normal.

I woke up on Friday, October 18 with swelling on the left side of my face. It was odd, but I figured it was just some sinus junk because I was having sinus symptoms. I started having numbness on my left side. For lack of a better way to put it, I felt off. My balance is off, I’m walking into things, and make myself dizzy driving. So I went to the doctor last Monday hoping he could help me feel better. He was unsure as to what was going on, so he scheduled me for an MRI on Tuesday. On Wednesday, during our Kidd’s Kids Day show, he called and told me that the MRI showed a mass that wasn’t supposed to be there. Next thing I know a neurosurgeon is calling me to tell me when I’m coming in for an appointment. WTH? He ordered and other MRI (which are $1,300 out of pocket each) and saw that yep. There’s something there that doesn’t belong.  

I have a tumor on my brain stem. The tumor itself is benign. They could leave it there if it weren’t on the worst possible spot on my brain. I think. It won’t respond to chemo or radiation, so the only way to get rid of it is surgery. They scheduled it for this Wednesday. I went to see the second neurosurgeon who will operate on me and he postponed the surgery. I wanted to get it done in time to recover for the Kidd’s Kids trip, but there is too much swelling in my brain. I’ve got non-bacterial meningitis that is causing the swelling. Removing the tumor would be too difficult and dangerous with the swelling, so I’m on steroids to try and reduce it. If the steroids work, I will be having surgery to remove the tumor after the Kidd’s Kids trip. The meningitis is here because flakes of the tumor have come loose and mixed with my spinal fluid. So here I am.

Here’s the rundown. This tumor is a genetic defect on my brain. It is slow growing. I’ve had many cat scans and MRI’s before, but it’s not been noticed. It looked like spinal fluid. But it’s grown enough now and is putting enough pressure on my brain stem that it’s a problem. The surgeons will not be able to remove it completely, but they will do what they can. The surgery will last about a 2 hours.  I will spend a couple days in ICU, then a few days in a regular room, and then be released. The recovery time will be at least 2 weeks. The surgery is risky because it can cause nerve damage. I could have paralysis on my face, loss of vision, loss of hearing, and I can’t remember what else.


It’s a lot to take in and I’m not a doctor and I’ve been pretty out of it the past few days, but that’s how I understand it to be. So if you have a second to ask God to please help me out with this dang brain tumor, the tumor and I would both appreciate it.

266 comments:

  1. You have my utmost prayers Shannon! God has you dear, and you will be fine :-)

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  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Shanon. I've been a fan of yours for a while now and hate that you're going through this.

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  3. We love you Shanon! Praying for you <3

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  4. Oh Shannon. You definitely have my prayers! I know it sounds hokey, but I've been through enough bad things to learn that thinking positively helps. You are strong and you will beat this and come out better than before. AND you have Kidd as your guardian angel on your side. I know he probably misses you, but he's not ready for you to join him.

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  5. Our prayers are with you as well, Shanon!

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  6. Praying for you Shanon. HOPE u havea quick recovery.

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  7. I have listened to you for years and been a fan. I will lift you up and pray God's healing hand be on you. Hugs, Hayley

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  8. Aww, Shanon. I am definitely praying for you. Hope things turn out as good as the doctors say they can.

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  9. Much love to you my dear. I know you will make it through and you know Kidd is going to be watching over you too. <3

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    1. Exactly what I was going to say. Kidd will be watching.

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  10. Sending prayers for you, as well as everyone that will have anything to do with getting you 100% healthy again! Can't wait to read your recovery blog ;)

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  11. Praying for your recovery you have an angel looking down on you protecting you through all this just remember keep looking up!!

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  12. "I will life my eyes" by Bebo Norman came on the radio as I read this.
    Prayin' for ya.

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  13. Praying for you and your full recovery Shannon.

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  14. Prayers, love, hugs, and much hope for strength sending your way.

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  15. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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  17. Thinking and praying for you!! <3

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  18. Praying for you Shanon We love you

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  19. Praying for you Shanon! Wow how scaring that must be!

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  20. My children and I will say a special prayer for you every night! God will be with you and remember (even though it makes no scene sometimes) God doesn't give you anything you can't handle! Therefore you must be one STRONG young woman!!!!

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  21. Shanon...FIRST, even during this time you are leaning on Kidd and what he taught you and wants from you. You sweet girl...God will protect you and I pray that with the SUCCESS of this surgery you will feel so much better...headache free!!! I will be praying for you and share this as well for others to see. God speed!

    Listener from the beginning,
    Kim Bishop

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  22. Prayers for you and the medical staff.

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  23. <3 <3 <3 ((HUGS)) <3 <3 <3 love love love to you Shanon.

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  24. I am so sorry you have to go through this. I will pray for you every day.

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  26. Oh Wow Shannon!! As a Nurse myself I know the pain & fear you are experiencing! You are in my thoughts & prayers, God will guide your surgeons hands. I believe in the power of positive thoughts and I truly believe you will have a fast recovery & be back to yourself in no time!! GOD BLESS!!!

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  27. You are young, strong, and determined. You will beat this.

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  28. You are in my prayers Shanon, we love you and will support you in any way we can.

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  29. Shannon, Your story broke my heart while I was driving my son to school. I hope the best for you and will definitely have you in my prayers. God is great and will help you through this. :)

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  30. My thoughts and prayers are with you Shanon. Have no fear for you are in good hands!

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  31. You rock my face off, Shannon. You got this.

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  32. Adding you to my prayer list, Shanon! And here's a (((HUG))) for you.

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  33. Definitely will be praying! Hang in there...you will get through this with LOTS of support and love!

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  34. Praying for you. Kidd will go with you in spirit into surgery. Best wishes Shannon.

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  35. Praying for you Shannon. Don't worry. God will hold you in the palm of his hand. With him ALL things are possible. And where two or three gather in his name, there he is also.

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  36. Prayers going up Shannon! So sorry you have to go through this!

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  37. Thinking of you Shannon! You take care and use all these positive thoughts to have a speedy recovery!!!

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  38. Thoughts and prayers with you Shanon! <3

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  39. Prayers your way Shannon!! Stay strong!!

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  40. I am so sorry you are going to have to deal with this. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Please keep us posted and know that you are not going through this alone. You will have many prayers and an angel on your side.

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  41. You'll be alright. It's not malignant and I know of others with this problem who've had the same thing and recovered. You are young and healthy. I'll be praying.

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  42. Praying for you!!!! God's got this.... don't be scared.

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  43. Prayers for you Shannon. May you have a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. You are strong and God is by your side.

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  44. Prayers being sent. Love you and God will take care of you.

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  45. You'll be in our prayers, Shannon! Don't forget that you're braver than you think you are (per a quote from Winnie the Pooh)!

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  46. Doctors have to prepare patients for the worst possible outcomes, so hold good thoughts and know that those of us who know and love radio's "Psycho Shannon" are praying for the "real" Shannon to have a good outcome and speedy recovery.

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  47. Praying for you and just think you have god and the best angel of all (kidd) looking over you. God bless

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  48. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I don't know if you are in to dreams, but there is a belief that your dreams can guide you, they are also a way for your body to communicate its needs to you. If you can get through a book right now, I recommend "She Who Dreams" and you might be interested in talking to a dream therapist at northofeden.com (I think they will do your first one free).

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  49. Many prayers and stay strong and positive (there is something to be said about the power of positive thinking) ((hugs))

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  50. Prayers for you for comfort and a quick and full recovery. How annoying that must be!!

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  51. Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask for healing and ask that you take the tumor in Shannon's brain and destroy it, I ask for complete restoration in her body and for this we give you praise and glory...Amen

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  52. I will add you to my prayer list, Shanon. God performs miracles every day and I pray for the surgeon's steady hand and steadfast skill. Hang on there - you got this!

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  53. Praying for you, Shannon! From one Murphy to another! God will take care of you...hang in there and keep your faith!

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  54. My prayers are with you sweetie. You'll kick that tumors ASS!

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  55. Father, in the name of Jesus we command this tumor to be gone. We ask that you restore Shannon's body to the way you made it Lord. Give her strength to endure whats to come. I pray for peace and comfort for herself and her family!!! Lord, i pray that you be with the surgeons, dr's and nurses. Be their eyes, hands. Guide them and give them wisdom and knowledge. Lord you are a God of miracles and we ask that you send one Shannon's way!!! In Jesus Mighty name, AMEN!!!!

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  56. Shanon, I respect you so much for sharing this information with all of us listeners. I pray that God will shine his light upon you and give you nothing but blessings and healing. You are a strong woman and you will get through this with the help of God, your family, and your friends. Love & Blessings to you.

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  57. Praying for you Shannon! May God wrap you in his arms and watch over you and the team of Dr's. Hang in there. You got a lot of prayers and support!

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  58. I'm sorry to hear this, and I wish the best for you - just think positive and kick the tumor in the head. No pun intended.

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  59. Hi Shannon, I will lift you in prayer, I don't know why things happen but I do know that God is in control every moment and He loves you so very much, this very thing just happened to my brother's wife, mother of four, they couldn't remove all the tumor wrapped around the brain stem for various reasons, she will have to have radiation as well....He has a plan for both of you...the perfect plan, trust in HIM!

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  60. Praying for you Shannon. It's just another hurdle in life. You will get through this. Kidd is watching over you and he's not ready for you to join him this quick!! Blessings

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  61. Oh Shannon!! Many many thoughts and prayers being sent your way! You so got this girlie!

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  62. Many prayers for u Shannon!!! May God wrap his healing hands and arms around u and give u lots of comfort during this scary time!!!

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  63. Prayers going up baby girl, you are a part of our family as well!!!! Love and Light

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  64. Praying for you Shannon...God is good!

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  65. We will pray for you and not to worry God will answer all our prayers!!

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  66. Shannon, my prayers are with you. I am thinking of you and wishing you a quick recovery. You are a strong woman...hold on to your faith to get you through. We all love you!!

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  67. Praying for you Shanon! Lots of people lifting you up in prayer, and supporting you!

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  68. Prayers and positive thoughts sent your way shanon.

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  69. Prayers for strength, healing and a comforting sense of calm during this stressful time.

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  70. My support and prayers heading your way. I wish for you a quick recovery and pray you have no complications from the surgery.

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  71. Just said a sincere prayer for you, i believe in the power of prayer (born and raised in the south, its the only thing i know lol)I truly believe God will hear us out, whatever his will be done.i will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.Thank you for trusting in God and setting an example for others that may be in the same sort of scenario God loves when his children come to him.

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  72. Shannon, You're a fighter & you can do this. You are in my prayers. Just remember you are surrounded by a lot love & support - you have so many people praying for you.

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  73. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  74. Praying for you sweetie...you're going to get through this and we're going to help you with prayers and love sent your way!

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  75. Shannon, My heart and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. I know how devastating new like this can be. I myself back in 2001 found out that I had a cerebral aneurysm on one side of my brain and an acoustic neuroma on the other side (a tumor at the end of the auditory canal) that both required surgery. I ended up having two major head surgeries within 6 months time and subsequently lost all of my hearing in my right ear and most of my vision in my left eye. It was a difficult adjustment to say the least. All the time I was a single mom trying to still raise my 3 year old daughter. Since that time, despite the naysayers, I put myself through Paramedic school then later Physician Assistant school and have learned to adapt and overcome. It was one of the scariest, stressful, and most trying times in my life. I also lost both of my grandfathers that year so I firmly believe that I had a couple of very special guardian angels looking out for me..... but I had to put all my faith in God's hands which isn't easy.... especially when you have too much knowledge in the medical field and you know very well what you are up against.
    Stay strong and have faith.... You have such a huge group of fans that are supporting you and cheering you on. God bless you Shannon

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  76. Praying that God will heal you totally and completely.

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  78. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time, hang in there always look for the good in every situation it is there. Good here, they found it, it is benign and you have support all around you to help you through this time.

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  79. There is no rhyme or reason to why things happen, but I have faith you will pull through this! Prayers for you and the whole crew through these tough times! Keep your faith!!!

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  80. Hang in there Shannon. I will keep you in my prayers. Don't lose faith honey. I witnessed a miracle with my dad just a week ago. I assure you the only reason he is alive today is by the Grace of God. I truly believe an angel descended from heaven and carried him to safety. I know in my heart that God breathed life back into his body when he seized and stopped breathing right before my very eyes. I could not believe that I watched my dad die, but he gave me the common sense to administer CPR and stay calm. I know that God wrapped his arms around both of us and I have never been more relieved when he took a breath. Shannon know that God is in control no matter what. God is never late. He is always on time. He is with us when we least at expect it and when we need him the most. 2013 has been such a terrible year for so many people and it has been the second worst year of my adult life. I know the staff will keep us updated but trust in God that it will all work out.

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  81. Prayers for you Shannon. I hope for a good and speedy recovery for you. Everything will be fine, just do what the doctors say and don't push yourself.

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  82. Shanon my daughter Sophia went on the Kidds kids trip last year she has a tumor on the left side of her pons and brainstem it is quite large and she had had many of the same problems you are having. She has had surgeries to fix areas of paralysis that are caused by pressure from the tumor on cranial nerves. She has had to take diamox for increased intracranial pressure, mri's every 3 months, and sees doctors in san Antonio, md anderson in houston, & Cincinnati childrens hospital. I tell you this because she is 6 and has lived knowing she has this for 4 of those years. She is a trooper and when i have been scared she comforts me. She has a understanding of life that some grown adults never get. One she has been through so much and so near to death that there is no doubt that God was holding her. Two her blind faith to believe this is like no others, she knows that God has het back and that is what gives me peace. Shanon i pray that God gives you strength to do more than you can do on your own and peace in you heart to know that when you can't GOD has your back. Thanks for all you do for Kidds kids.

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  83. I've had 2 brain tumors called Meningiomas. Luckily, they were both benign as well. (Recurrent ones have the ability to be malignant) I know how scary this can be. Stay focused and positive, don't forget to breathe, listen to your docs. As unbelievable as it sounds brain surgery is not that painful! I left the hospital with tylenol for pain! You do need steroids too for a short period. The recovery period just so you know, will involved rest. The brain causes fatigue so even though you may wish to get back to work...you need to rest. The very best of luck to you Shannon!! God bless, you'll be just fine! On Halloween, I'll be a 6 year survivor. (Yay me!) Prayers coming your way!

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  84. Prayers for you Shannon. May God be with you every step of the way and bless the hands of the doctors working on you. At least you know you'll have an angel watching over you.

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  85. God bless you Shannon...God is in control and you are in HIs very capable and loving hands. You will have so many people praying for you..xo

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  86. Praying and believing with you Shanon! Love you!!

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  87. But God. . . He is the almighty healer! Thoughts and prayers as you are being faced with a stepping stone in life. Praying for peace and comfort! Blessings!

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  88. Why are these bad things happing to such good people? First kidd and now this? Dont worry shannon, kidd is looking out for you, and he is there to ask the man upstairs to help you in person.

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  89. Prayers sent and will continue to be. Find peace in Him sweet girl - the Almighty...the Healer...the great Physician! You are young...strong and enveloped with prayer all around you. Listen to your doctors...be a good patient...allow yourself to rest and most of all, find peace in His arms! Christ is with you!!

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  90. You're in my prayers Shannon. Kidd is watching over you and will never let anything bad happen to you. After all, you were the one that just "wouldn't go away" so do you really think Kidd will let any harm come your way?! Good luck!

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  91. Shannon, check out the caringbridge.com and look up Monty Noblitt and Kathryn Noblitt. They are cousins of mine and Both have had this same surgery. Read their stories!

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  92. My prayers go out to you. Im sorry for this season of your life and the health problems. I know God has a plan and will protect you. Read the bible as much as you can and find healing through His word and that His words may bring comfort through the stress and anxiety that you will find releif. HUGS>:)

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  93. Shannon, will definitely keep you in prayer. Also wanted to let you know that my dad had a brain tumor that was located right in the center on his brain. It was the size of an egg and caused his to have a seizure, that's how we initially found out. He had the surgery to remove it and stayed in the hospital for about a month, and was back at work 3 months after. At first he couldn't walk, and had double vision, and lost a lot of words, but now he is back to himself.

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  94. Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you today to ask you for a complete healing for Shanon. Father God we know and trust in you and know this is something big but we know that you Father God are so much bigger. Please wrap your loving arms around Shanon and comfort her and her fear. We love you God and trust you in all things. Amen

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  95. I have not stopped praying for you and the crew since Kidd's passing. Will continue to pray for strength and recovery for you. Love ya!

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  96. Prayers your way Shannon Keep the faith...God is Good!!

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  97. I will be praying for you. You are one of my family members now as I have listened to the show since it started. I have faith in God and believe you will be healed and have no new problems because of the surgery.

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  98. Adding my thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery and quick and easy recovery. God will be with you and the surgeons every step of the way!!!

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  99. Prayers for you and your (hopefully soon to be gone successfully) tumor Shanon! ((hugs)) and <3 to you.

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  100. Prayers to you and all involved for healing and comfort.

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  101. Praying for you. I've had the same thing as you for the passed 3 years. My symptoms presented themselves differently though. I don't know the specifics of your case, but seeing as how they cannot remove the entire lesion, have they considered a cerebral shunt to drain spinal fluid when there's pressure built up?

    You will get through this. 'God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers'. Have faith that if he brought you to it- He'll support you through it!

    Lots of love Shannon!

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  102. Hang there. I'm praying for you. It's difficult to see the unknown in your life. You have encourage all of us. May THE LORD WALK WITH YOU during this period in your life.

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  103. May the Lord give you peace and healing and guide your surgeons hands with precision.

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  104. God has blessed & watched over me thru my 7 bouts with CANcer over the last 17yrs (one of them being something similar to yours be reacted to chemo enough Not to need surgery). I've talked with the Big Man so much & He's been by my side thru it all. I feel like i may have a little pull with Him since I'm blessed & highly favored so I'll put in a good word floor you! Lol Best advice: Keep your sense of humor...it will help keep u sane! Will seriously keep you in my prayers though. Good luck & God Bless!
    Shannon Stanley Brizendine

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  105. You have two of the GREATEST Guardian Angel's God could ever give you.... Kidd and your sweet nephew. I know they will be watching over you and protecting you during this procedure. I will keep you in my daily prayers for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. We LOVE you Shannon... Keep positive and have faith. ~hugs to you~

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  106. Shanon, I am so sorry to hear this news. I can't imagine how you are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know thousands of people are praying for you and I know Kidd's spirit will be with you. Between God and kidd- they have this! I pray for healing for you, for peace, for comfort, for your medical teams' skill. I am so sending positive vibes your way. (((hugs)))) and love

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  107. Just another day in the park, kid; you are going to do great!

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  108. Please contact this person, Amy Hodge at amyhodge@me.com. She has overcome to brain surgeries in less that 4 months with the BEST Neurosurgeon you can find in the world. He is located in Arizona and literally saved her life after many others Dr told her they would not put their hands on her (Tumors location were too risky).
    Read her caringbridge here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amyhodge/mystory

    I never heard about you before. I just saw that a friend of mine "liked" your post and feel the need to read it. This can't be a coincidence. I will pray for you! Stay strong...God is in control!

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  109. OMG Shannon....I will pray for you.....this is so scary and I'm so sorry hun. Kidd is hanging out up there lookin after you.....all will go well. Just believe you will make a full recovery and all will be well...don't get down in the dumps as easy as that will be.....I know..you have a tumor on your brain! I'd be down too!!! but I think you have to combat it with positivity. You have to be better to control AL, Kellie, J-si and Jenna!!! <3 been listening to you for so long....Love you girl....

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  110. My wife had the same tumor. They went in through her nose and managed to take out 95% of it. Operation took about 5 hours. Im not gonna lie and say her recovery the next few days was easy. She was in a lot of pain. Worst ive ever seen her. They did proton beam therapy after to stop the rest from growing. Proton was more precise for that area and more effective. It hasnt grown since. I wish you the best

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  111. Wishing you a speedy recovery and you are in everyone's prayers here!

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  112. Praying for you Shannon♡ have faith that god will get you through this safe..

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  113. Absolutely Shannon--I'm on it! I'll pray for total healing and for your peace as you walk through this. Hugs!!

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  114. Sending hugs and prayers your way.I couldn't possibly imagine how frightened I would be to get news like that out of the clear blue.Try to stay positive keeping in mind that its non cancerous. I can't even stand the sight of a needle scares me to death I'm 45 years old and I like the biggest baby and wuss you've seen in your life.I have to be entertained just for simple blood test,lol.You have so many people out there praying for you and wishing you the best. you have Kidd as your angel watching you from above, rest assured he's definitely putting in a good word for you .He needs you down here taking care of things for him that he can't take care of any longer.Try not to think about it too much,I know its hard but do whatever you can to psyche yourself out:)I will keep you and your family in my prayers each day!

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  115. We love you girl! I will be praying for you!

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  116. Thoughts & prayers for you Shannon! Struggling with chronic health & pain is something I have experienced over the years & it can definitely test your patience & faith but you are not a hypochondriac as this proves! You are stronger than you realize, so please let this be a learning opportunity to trust your instincts! God bless you & please know we are all sending positive energy and love your way!

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  117. Praying for a miraculous healing, Shannon. May you be perfectly healthy when you come through this, and I pray His blessings will be yours always. Praying Palm 41:1-3 for you, "Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them—they are counted among the blessed in the land—he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness."

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  118. Look how many people love you! You say you aren't a very interesting person, but if you weren't, all these folks would not have your back! As it's been said over and over, God's got this! Sending you prayers for strength, and comfort.

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  119. Dear Heavenly Father we come before you asking you boldly for Shannon that you be with her through this process. We ask that you be with the doctors Father, guide their hands and be their wisdom. We ask you for quick and complete healing with no complications. Father we ask these things in your sons Holy name. Amen. Stay strong Shannon and let's Thank God in advance for all He is about to do in your life.

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  120. Prayers are going up for nothing but restored health and extraordinary healing. You've got this, Shannon! "Stay in the fight, you may be down for the moment, feeling like it's hopeless, you're not going under, God is holding you right now, don't quit, don't give in... You are an overcomer!" ;-)

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  121. I'm so sorry you're dealing with this, Shanon. I'm going to be praying for you every day!

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  122. Thank you for sharing this with your listeners so we can support you, Shanon. Sending hugs & good thoughts. I can't wait to hear about your successful recovery!

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  123. Sending many prayers. With Kidd by your side, you will whip this. I ask Our Mother Mary to wrap her loving arms around you

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  124. You have always shown yourself to be sincere, brave and strong as you've shared your life stories with us, mere listeners who feel like we're lifelong friends with all of you. And unselfish ??? Your photo is by the definition in the dictionary. Girl, if it were me, I'd be saying "forget Disney and Kidds' Kids trip - I'm sick!!!" But not you, you are putting all of them first when you should be the one being put first. As scarey and unknown as it all sounds right now, I believe you will make it through just fine. After your recovery time, I hope we get to see and hear more from you on the morning show. You're always funny, sincere and entertaining! Prayers are going up on your behalf and for the doctors and nurses who will be helping you through this. Stay calm and believe. Love to you "Little Sister". :)

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  125. I understand the emotions that you are having. About six years ago I had an eye exam and had to return for another exam one week later or so and then I was sent to see a specialist and was ask about headaches and then was scheduled for an MRI of the brain and they found a tumor in the same area as you described. Seen a neurosurgeon and qas told I may have had it since I was a little girl and never knew it was there. The dr said he would go in to remove it but the possibility of making it through the procedure was slim due to the lcation of the tumor. All I could think of was my two girls and what would they do without me. And needless to say it is still there and I haven't had any problems as of today. Praise the good Lord. You are in my prayers. Everything is going to be fine.

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  126. Has anyone set up a donation page to help Shanon defray the costs associated with this terrible situation (based on your OOP for the MRI, I'm thinking your insurance isn't amazing...) I would love to contribute if there is a way! Praying for you, Shanon!

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  127. Shanon,
    You are in my prayers, not only for your physical healing but for peace to invade your soul right now during this difficult and stressful time. I will also be praying for the doctor to have wisdom and steady hands during your surgery.
    Love you!

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  128. Praying for you Shannon. Lots of love coming your way. Love you!

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  129. Healing is yours Shannon through Jesus Christ! I stand firm in my faith stretching it forward to Him, The Healer, standing in the gap for you! Thank you Jesus for all You have provided!

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  130. Prayers sent Shanon and will continue as you recover and move past this trying time xo

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  131. Some things to consider for post surgery from another brain surgery survivor.
    After surgery you may need or want:
    1) lots of pillows- you may be told to sleep/sit at (at least) a 45 degree angle to help keep the swelling down
    2) a shower chair- this helps you feel secure while bathing and affords a bit of privacy
    3) vertigo medicine- if your eyesight is compromised from the tumor or swelling post surgery you may have double vision and feel dizzy when moving around or just trying to watch TV
    4) pudding cups- the vertigo might make you a bit nauseous (I loved my pudding cups!)
    5) different places to try to sleep- some nights are worse than others, just like some days. I found that just moving to a different room/bed/couch would occasionally help me to sleep a bit longer.
    6) HELP- you'll need a reliable helper to assist with the mundane daily tasks that you just can't do on your own. Someone to help with the mundane tasks, fetch, carry (you can't carry/lift ANYTHING over 5 lbs) driving you to appointments, sometimes just to fluff your pillows or bring you some PUDDING!! Or just to be another someone in the room!
    7) A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. My recovery was slow but steady. I still (1 year later) have visual deficits but they're manageable. Your brain is a MARVELOUS thing. It finds ways to fill in the gaps, help correct the missing links. Sometimes with weird results but don't let them alarm you. They do work themselves out in my experience.
    Take good care. Keep the positive outweighing the negative. Be patient and FOLLOW Drs orders.
    Prayers for guidance of your surgeons hands, for fast healing, health, and patience for you and your family!

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  132. You and I spoke over the telephone after Hurricane Katrina when my team of folks at the hotel were doing a donation drive. Before we hung up the phone your words to me were "We need more people like you in this world." I would say the same for you Shannon. Hang in there and be stronger than you ever imagined was possible. YOU are an inspiration to so many people.

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  133. Please try some natural remedies first! What would it hurt? Do surgery when nothing else works. Dang...that surgery is pretty serious to just run and do, to make your schedule.

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  134. Prayers for you, your family,your doctors and all staff.

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  135. Prayers sent!!! May you recover quickly. God Bless

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  136. Prayers going up!!! You got this girl!

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  137. Praying for you Shanon! Keeping you on our prayer list! much love to you!

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  138. That sounds incredibly scary, and I will be praying for your surgery, recovery, and PEACE during it all.

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  139. Prayers for you Shannon and the rest of the "family" as they support you pre and post surgery.

    Big Hugs and lots of prayers!
    XOXO

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  140. Shanon, I posted a photo on your facebook page in hopes to lift your spirits a little. Hugs, prayers and positive energy coming your way

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  141. shannon, i will be keeping you in my prayers!! praying for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!!! hang in there girl!!!!

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  142. Prayers for you and the medical staff who will be working on and with you :)

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  143. Sending positive thoughts & prayers to you! You will do great! God bless you Shanon! Love listening to you!

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  144. Good Luck Shanon. Thoughts and prayers are with you

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  145. I am praying for you♥ Lord, I ask you to heal your child. As she enters the operation room, be with her and bless all the medical staff that will be attending this surgery. You have all the power to take away any illness or sickness away from Shanon. Please heal her... in your name Jesus Christ. AMEN +

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  146. Prayers to you Shanon. Stay strong, God is with you.

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  147. I have listened to you since my son was born - he is 14 - :) I am praying for you and all that love you to give the words and actions of support for you at this time....take each day as it comes....you will make it to the other side. WE ALL NEED YOU!!!!

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  148. You are in my prayers....Stay strong!!

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  149. No that not only will your family friends fans and coworkers be praying for you but God and kidd both be in that operating room guiding the doctors hands! There is a fb page called Prayer Warriors please go over there and post this so we all can pray for you! The power of prayer is awesome and you will not believe how many people will join the rest of us for prayers for you we have members from all over the world!

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  150. Shanon,

    I found out I have a meningioma on the right side of my head that will be removed on Tuesday Nov. 5th so I know the thoughts your having right now. If you believe and have faith in the lord he will heal you! I have done some soul searching and praying recently and have found that having a relationship with God is the best thing! I hope this helps you and I would like to send you a healing scripture I received from my father which is recited by John Hagee. If you would like it my email is rmartinez1983@hotmail.com contact me and I will send it to you! Praying forspeedy recovery and healing god bless you!

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  151. Lots of strength and love and prayers that all will be taken care of and you will be 200% better after this surgery hon. Big hugs too, from a fan and a mom of a son that has brain disorders ( Epilepsy- Connor Doran AGT Kite flier)
    Amy

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  152. Our prayers will be with you Shannon. Fear not, as The Big Man will be with you and protect you every step of the way. Everything happens for a reason in this life and the timing of this is no mistake. This is The Big Mans way of showing you that he will see that you will overcome this because you are meant to carry on the work that Kidd would want you to. Our prayers will be with you. Be strong and stand up to this thing, you can and will defeat it. It's Gods will.
    Your Friend

    John Bettiga

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  153. You've got my prayers that is for sure.

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  154. Praying for you and any medical staff who come in contact with you to have super natural guidance in all they do.

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  155. You are in my prayers. Everything will be ok, I know it.

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  156. The exact same thing happened to me. I had my surgery done Aug. 20th by Dr Patel in Dallas. I was up and going again within 3 weeks, almost completely healed now, not gonna lit to you It is kinda scary girl but you are a strong person and will get through it like I did. Praying for you!

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  157. God, you owe us nothing but you can do anything. We are humble and small, and are reminded of it in moments where our life hangs in the balance just beyond the reach of our control, that we are in your hands and always have been. Father, may you give a grace of healing to Shanon, and bring her to relief and to peace. It is from no one but you, God, who we can ask and expect so much, and through Jesus Christ alone that we may come so boldly to your throne and ask for this mercy.

    Amen

    With love for you, Shanon. Don't be afraid.

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  158. Prayers coming your way Shannon! The power of prayer is amazing. I am six months out from having my thyroid removed that was cancerous so I can relate to the shock, disbelief, but most of all knowing that I had my family and friends who rallied around me. You happen to have an extended family with all your fans that are thinking about you as well!

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  159. Praying for you at this scary time in life. I will pray for the peace that only The Lord can give. Bless you.

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