Awake, but still dreaming
I was handed my life sentence on February 10, 2014. I wasn’t wearing an orange jumpsuit, but instead a flimsy hospital gown engulfed my frail body. As I looked into my husband’s eyes, I wondered if this would be the last time I saw him … the last time I hugged him … the last time I told him I loved him.
I worried that my last few breaths would be taken as the wheels of the gurney squeaked down the brightly lit hallway, slowly making our way to the operating room. In the next few moments they would begin surgery to remove a brain tumor from my right frontal lobe. My life was about to change.
This is my story, my true story, of my journey overcoming my brain tumor. One that I hope ends with a happy ending.
That’s the thing about hope; even in my darkest days, that hope remained deep within my soul. I hoped that the person I used to be would fight their way back, out of the depths. And today, hope still fills my heart … hope that I will make the most of my second chance at life.
Life doesn’t send out invitations — so today I choose to be bold. Be brave. Be unforgettable. And I choose to LIVE.
About Kate Mathias (Phoenix, Arizona Author)
Kate Mathias is a brain tumor survivor who enjoys traveling with her husband and their three children. She was formerly a teacher and real estate agent, and uses her experiences to craft the tales in her fiction series, The Silver Oaks Series.
Kate is originally from Iowa, but now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She enjoys swimming, reading, spending time with family and friends, and being outside in the sunshine.
A portion of the proceeds from AWAKE, BUT STILL DREAMING, are donated to National Brain Tumor Society to help fund research to find a cure.