In this episode of Aunty M’s Brain Tumours Talk Show, I interview Carol Vaughn from California, whose life was changed in 2008 by a brain tumour. Carol recounts her diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and the vital importance of finding online support groups. Carol’s journey begins with back surgery and triggering long drives, causing nausea and vomiting. Unexplained falls follow, mistaken for unrelated issues. A critical fall leads to a coma and a brain tumour diagnosis.
Emerging after days, speech and mobility prove challenging, requiring extensive therapy. Grateful for God and family support, Carol faces further complications from improper surgical outcomes, leading to additional surgeries, skin grafts, and muscle grafts due to infections. Her enduring faith becomes a pillar of strength. In 2010, she endured her first seizure; sadly, because she fell to the floor, it caused her shoulder to dislocate. Seeking understanding, Carol finds solace in online brain tumour groups like ‘Aunty M Brain Tumours Chat Room’ on Facebook, connecting with a supportive community that empathizes with her journey. The story underscores the significance of shared experiences and support networks, highlighting Carol’s resilience and her ability to find comfort in the company of those who understand her struggles.
“I have survived death at least two times. I wasn’t expected to live after my craniotomy in 2008. God protected me. God loves me, and He is always there for me. It is in Your strength, not mine – 1 Chronicle 16:11“. – Carol.
Here is Carol’s Interview on the Aunty M Brain Tumours Talk Show:
Podcast Show Notes: Carol Vaughn Interview with Aunty M Brain Tumours Talk Show
- Welcome to the Aunty M Brain Tumours Talk Show.
- In this episode, we have a special interview with Carol Vaughn, who resides in California, sharing her journey of battling a brain tumour.
1. Early Signs and Diagnosis:
- Carol noticed her journey with a brain tumour began after back surgery.
- She experienced nausea and vomiting during long drives, among other concerning symptoms.
- Carol didn’t immediately connect her symptoms to a brain tumour until a fall at work and on her patio.
- Her husband played a crucial role in recognizing the severity of her condition.
- The diagnosis came after an incident on a ramp where she lost her balance and fell.
2. The Coma Experience:
- Carol spent 11 to 12 days in a coma after her diagnosis.
- During this period, she was unable to communicate or move her right side.
- She couldn’t fully grasp her surroundings or recognize individuals.
3. Rehabilitation and Challenges:
- After waking up from the coma, Carol underwent physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
- Speech recovery was challenging due to the tube in her throat during her coma.
- Carol still experiences residual neuropathy in her right leg and hand.
- She underwent multiple surgeries related to her bone flap and skin grafts.
4. Coping and Faith:
- Carol’s faith played a significant role in her journey.
- She faced numerous complications and setbacks, making faith a crucial source of strength.
- Her support network, including her husband and daughters, also played a vital role in her recovery.
5. Seizure and Medication:
- Carol experienced her first seizure in November 2010.
- She had been on medication to prevent seizures but had tapered off it.
- The seizure was a grand mal seizure, and her husband was present to assist.
6. Finding Support:
- Carol discovered support groups, such as “Meningiomas Mommas,” to connect with others facing similar challenges.
- Online groups, including those on Facebook, provided valuable support and information.
7. The Power of Online Support:
- Online brain tumour support groups allowed Carol to connect with people worldwide.
- These groups provided 24/7 support, with members from different time zones always available to offer help and advice.
- Carol emphasized the importance of not feeling alone on her journey.
- Carol Vaughn’s story is a testament to resilience, faith, and the power of support networks.
- Her experience highlights the challenges and triumphs of living with a brain tumour.
- Thank you for tuning in to the Aunty M Brain Tumours Talk Show to hear Carol’s inspiring journey.
Carol Vaughan is one of the strongest people I know!
Here is Carol’s Interview on the Aunty M Brain Tumours Talk Show Podcast: