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Saturday, 21 October 2017 09:56

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ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times


Cancer is a horrible prognosis for anyone to hear no matter what type. Virginia Hinton is one of the millions who has had cancer disrupt their life. 

In the last part of Nov. 2005, Hinton had a grand mal seizure in Garden City, which set off the chain of events with that part of her life. 

“My husband came and picked me up from where I was there and then I got an appointment in Wichita to see a doctor to confirm it was a tumor. They said it was a tumor and when I came home that night, I had two more grand mal seizures,” Hinton said. “Then Dec. 7, 2005, they opened me up and said it was brain cancer, the same type Senator Ted Kennedy had. They told me I could go to Arkansas to get it removed and my husband came home and looked online and sent all my information to MD Anderson in Houston and Feb. 1, 2006 is when they removed it. It had tentacles, it was still there, and I had to do two years of Temodar – every 20 days, I had to take five days of Temodar to make sure to kill the cancer cells.” 

During the first batch of doing that, Hinton had a sore that hadn’t healed up, so when she started taking the Temodar, she said she began stuttering and lost her ability to talk. 

“When I couldn’t talk, my doctor gave me medicine to help me with the infection, but after the medicine would go down, it wouldn’t go up to my head so my husband got online and talked to a doctor in Houston and she said to bring me straight there so she could open me up again,” Hinton said. “She got all the infection out and cleaned everything out, and I was in the hospital for that for 10 days and they eventually put me on some strong antibiotics. A couple months after that was when I started the Temodar and I had to do an MRI every month for that first year, then it changed to every two months, then every three months, then every six months, then every eight months and this year, when I went to go see my doctor, he said there was nothing that had come back and to keep doing the MRIs on a yearly basis for them to be able to see what’s going on.” 

In February, it will be 12 years since doctors removed Hinton’s tumor, and she said it is always awesome to hear the news of nothing coming back, but has been highly advised to not hesitate in coming back in should there be any changes. 

“My husband and I lived out in the country and he would bring me to town to his mother’s house every morning and I would stay with her because I would otherwise be stuck at my house all day with nothing to do, so he would have me stay at his parents’ house every day while he was working so I would have interaction with others,” Hinton said. “I had to relearn to walk and talk, just like an infant almost.” 

To this day, Hinton said she still has minor trouble with some things, but has a lot of help. 

“One example is my husband would show me some photos and I’d ask ‘Where did those dogs come from?’ and he’d remind me ‘You let your children bring them back home from Louisiana with them’ but I wouldn’t remember that at all,” Hinton said. “I would also transpose things, like I would say ‘Put your clothes in the dishwasher’ and he’d ask me to repeat, so I’d say ‘Put your clothes in the dishwasher, I need to wash them’ and my husband would work with me to say it correctly. He might ask me like 20 times what I was meaning to say, and he helped me so much through that struggle to get things in proper order. It was pretty amazing to go through all that.”

Hinton said her husband was a big part of her being able to get through everything. 

“He was pretty scared with what was going on since he didn’t want to lose me, but he was right there by my side,” Hinton said. “He had me playing video games on the Wii to help with my cognitive skills and things like that. When I would get stressed or scared, I’d almost shut down and not do anything. I still get migraines and have a few things like that happen but if it gets worse, that’s when I need to go back and see my oncologist. I didn’t realize how scared he was, but he never showed he was scared, he was always strong and right there by my side. He would talk to other people about it, but he never showed me any fear, he just wanted me to be okay.”

Hinton added her family and God were also important in her recovery. 

“I was pretty scared, because you don’t know, no one knows their last day, only God knows the last day,” Hinton said. “My faith in God was pretty awesome – when I would be having some particular trouble, I would just turn to him because without Him, I’m nobody and like I said, He left me here for a reason, to be a blessing to other people. There’s days when you want to give up and days you know when you have to keep going. I have a pretty good-sized family and everyone was there for me if I needed anything. They would help me out and do some things for me. I had an awesome support system that was there by my side. I’d put puzzles together with my mother-in-law and just do things I hadn’t normally done so I could get my cognitive skills back to ‘normal,’ per se because everything had changed so much.”

And for those currently going through their own cancer fight, Hinton said to keep faith in God. 

“Always pray. Trust in the Lord because He will get you through this. Whether it be anywhere from Stage 1 to 4, give God the glory and know He is with you on your walk,” Hinton said. “If you have a strong faith in the Lord, He will see you through everything, even on your bad days. Go to Him in prayer and He will get you through it.”

 

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