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"I'm serious I had no idea what I was going to do," says Arnold.
That was Marsha Arnold's reaction when she was told she had a brain tumor.
"I got my will, I went and got my power of attorney, I went and got all these things pulled together," says Arnold.
Her fear eased up a bit once she found out her tumor was benign.
"Here's the nasal sinus, here's the tumor behind it," says Dr. Steven Abram, a neurosurgeon at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Dr. Abram told Marsha she had a meningioma, one of the most common kinds of benign tumors. It's the same kind of tumor singer Sheryl Crow recently announced she has. She didn't know she had it until she started forgetting things like lyrics to her own songs. Memory loss is one of the symptoms, depending on where the tumor sits. Change in vision is another. That's how Marsha knew something was wrong. Her tumor was at the base of the brain pressing on the optic nerve.
"I visualized them taking off part of my skull or the top of it," says Marsha.
They didn't need to. Dr. Abram used an endoscope and went through her nasal cavity to get to the tumor. He then removed it, making the procedure relatively quick, pain-free and scar-free!
"I feel good, it's awesome to me," says Marsha.
"We think a significant percentage of population harbors benign growths like meningiomas, but unless it's causing some problems or we have documentations that it has grown we can most often times just follow those along," says Dr. Abram.
This means you may be walking around with a brain tumor and not even know it. Besides change in vision and memory loss, other symptoms of these benign tumors include headaches, hearing loss, seizures and weakness in your arms or legs. About 90% of these tumors are non-cancerous. As for Marsha Arnold, there is always a chance the tumor will come back, but for now, she is living life to the fullest.
Tuesday, July 10 2012, 08:24 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.