Life After a Brain Tumor

Life After a Brain Tumor


Mather Hospital Neurosciences Success Stories Wendy
One moment Wendy Young was at a spin class at her Miller Place gym, working up a sweat to the driving beat of the music. The next thing she remembered she was in an ambulance on her way to Mather Hospital.

“I passed out,” said the 50-year-old mother of two from Middle Island. “They said I had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest. When I woke up, I was in the ambulance and they were getting ready give me an IV.”

A CT scan at Mather revealed a meningioma, a tumor, on the right side of her brain. Neurosurgeon Sumeer Sathi, MD removed the mass on March 30, Young’s 50th birthday. “I was released on April 6.  It was amazing. They were absolutely great. I had no idea I had it. There was no history of brain tumors in the family. I’m doing great. I’m doing a lot of walking, three times a day around the neighborhood.”

Dr. Sathi recommended a course of treatment at Precision CyberKnife of New York to make sure all the tumor cells are gone. But Young said she is feeling well and is back to building her women’s wellness business.

“Wendy Young had a large complicated tumor in her brain with significant amount of brain swelling,” Dr. Sathi said. “Because of the tremendous amount of blood flow to the tumor we decrease the blood flow by doing embolization — which blocked off blood supply to the tumor — and were able to completely remove the tumor successfully. She is expected to have an excellent prognosis.”