It’s amazing that my name is the same as yours, and I am also a senior, age 86 (87 in January). My reactions on hearing my Meningioma was not curable at my age was somewhat unsettling…..I refused an MRI because this new growth was discovered by a CAT scan at a time when I felt only a bit dizzy. What the CAT scan reminded me of was a similar fearful event 15 years ago when I came down with Diverticulosis and had to be CAT scanned. The scan at that time seemed to identify lots of scary small stuff plus a lump on my kidney, and I was hustled off to see if was Cancerous. The cancer physician wanted me to have another scan within three months to see if it was growing. I was ready to agree, but just had gone thru radiation for a tooth removal, a toe crack, and breast exam. Frankly I thought that was a lot of radiation. So I sat down and wrote a letter to the doctor, telling him about all this radiation, and asked if it wouldn’t be better to simply wait a year. In addition, I told him about that CAT scan I had for my kidney 15 years ago (and was lucky enough to dig in my old health file and find a report). I enclosed a copy of the old scan report and asked if it could be compared with the current CAT scan……had my kidney lump shown any growth? And whether we could again discuss the whole business. We met and I was pleased to discover that the growth on my kidney had not changed at all. In addition the physician looked me in the eye and agreed that I had radiation enough and dismissed my case as closed. (I forgot to ever have it Cat Scanned again) and I went on with my life. That was fifty years ago.
This early episode in my life has stuck with me, and now at the age of 86 I feel that going thru additional CATscans or MRI procedures is a waste of time. Why burden my brain and body with further scanning when none of it can lead to a cure? I feel fortunate to have lived until the age of 86, and now am determined to go forward with whatever I have left in this life, keeping my mind on eating right, reducing stress, and light exercise with my eye on what good may lie ahead. I wish you and all the rest of us the power and the courage to live longer and better.