Hello everyone. I thought I'd introduce myself and say hi. I'm Brian Anderson and just got diagnosed with oligodendroglioma. I had a siezure the night of monday the 6th of June, first one ever. Ambulance took me to the hospital where they found "a mass" and transferred me to another hospital which diagnosed the brain cancer. I guess they had originally thought that I had a drug overdose or something. Quite the contrary, I have been active duty military for 13 years, most of which has been spent internationally chasing down drug runners. Several years intercepting cocaine shipments from South America, and several years intercepting marijuana shipments from Central America. My caeer total is close to $3.5 Billion worth of contraband siezed. Not a bad career. I was good at what I did. About a year ago, I arrived in Nashville to take my first "land job" in over ten years. I was nervous about leaving sea-duty, but to be honest, I have really enjoyed the opportunity to come home to my own house and sleep in my own bed every night with my girlfriend, (actually, I proposed after the diagnosis....so fiancee). Anyway, so it looks like my military career is over, although it may take up to a year for them to officially retire me. I have to admit that I guess besides having brain cancer, getting it while in the military may be a blessing. I would get retired as if I had completeted my 30 years of service, which means income and health insurance for life, without the work. The only trade off is the shortened lifespan, but oligodendrogliomas these days are getting some very good life expectancies. Not so good that they would let me keep carrying a gun and driving boats, I cant even drive a car anymore because of the siezures.
Well I have a date with my fiancee, so I'll check in later and write more about my diagnoses. Just wanted to start this and say hi to everyone.