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A Seizure, Surgery, and Search for Peace

Story Of Your LifeTwo weeks ago I was walking down the sidewalk with my younger brother, and noticed I was having a strong experience of déjà vu.  The next moment I woke up in an ambulance with two handsome men enthusiastically declaring, “You had a seizure!”

The good news, as my brother told me, was that I came out of the seizure laughing. The hospital staff wasn’t even sure at first I had suffered a seizure; perhaps I merely passed out, because I was so very conversational after regaining consciousness.  But after several different tests, it turned out that I did have a seizure, and that it was probably caused by the 3.5cm benign tumor that has taken over a portion of the top left of my skull bone.  While quite a shock to discover, this “epidermoid,” as the doctors called it, could have been present since birth.  Even though it may have been pressing on my brain all this time, it has only just shown itself to be an issue.

Although you never hope to hear such news regarding your own body, there are many things I have to be grateful for in my situation.  The tumor is almost certainly benign, it is not in the brain itself but in the skull bone, and it is in an easily accessible area.  And come November 5th I will undergo surgery to have it removed.

So now what?  Where is the lesson in this?  While I do feel that my religious practices, spiritual study, meditation, Yoga, and the writing of each post here on Let Yourself Learn have been tremendous training for just such a life altering situation, I have been at a loss for insight.  I have experienced fear, confusion, mistrust of people’s advice, and even a small dose of self-pity.  Yet through all of those feelings I kept saying to myself, “I am on the cusp of acceptance, I am on the edge of peace.”

There is a deeper knowing that, even in a moment of fear, still faintly flickers as a beacon for the understanding and abundant miracles to come.  Sharing my situation with all of you helps to fan that flame.

In my last post I talked about the uncertainty in my life, the space being created, and what it was teaching me about living in the present.  With something like brain surgery looming in the future, the present moment becomes more obviously the only tolerable space to inhabit.  There is no more time for what-if scenarios; the suffering they create far outweighs the mild ego satisfaction of “knowing” the future.

Before this series of events took place I had planned to write about my acceptance into the Living Yoga Training program at the Satchidananda Ashram, where I was going to live the yogic lifestyle and be of service to their community for one month starting yesterday.  I thought I was finally going to get that push into present moment awareness I so longed for. Now sitting here, at my same old apartment in Chicago, I am learning what it means to be present in a way I never could have thought up.  It may not look like it now, but this is happening for me, it is part of the highest potential for my life journey, and I am right on the cusp of acceptance, right on the edge of peace.

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16 thoughts on “A Seizure, Surgery, and Search for Peace

  1. Laura temkin says:

    So sorry to hear you are going through this. Health issues make me feel like I can’t control anything, not my body, not my future…all true of course. The only thing I can actually control is my reaction, and sometimes not even that!

  2. Thank you for sharing…this is beautiful…you will be ok…you know that…I can read/feel it in your words…just remember that and do as you say, be present and the rest will take care of itself… in gratitude 😉 pilar (a friend of Greg’s)

  3. Katie, I feel for you. You are right, however, you are the truth. You are immortal, a spirit and the you that is you cannot die. Kind of reassuring isn’t it? Lots of Love, Betsy

  4. Hi Katie~ I debated whether or not to comment as you don’t actually know me, then I decided I had to…so here we are. A month or so ago I befriended your brother Greg, which is how I came to know your story. While I’ve never experienced any health issues as you’ve written about above, I have been faced with situations that were beyond my control, which forced me to instantly reevaluate what was important to me and truly start appreciating things in a new way. Your words are so hopeful and I wish the best for you moving forward. I’ll definitely keep sending positive thoughts your way, though it sounds like you’re doing a pretty good job of that on your own. 🙂 I’ll be thinking of you and your family on the 5th of November! Much love, Christine Infanger http://thirtyroses.com/2014/08/26/grief-resilience-or-how-heartbreak-led-me-back-to-the-music-industry/

    • Thank you so much Christine, I’m truly glad you shared your experience with me! Your support means so much to me and I appreciate all of the positive thoughts. And thank you for sharing the link, when I’m recovering I’ll be sure to read about it so I can learn more about you and your experience.

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