A fourth-grade teacher missed her students so much — that she read to them while recovering from brain surgery.
Just one day after undergoing a procedure to remove a brain tumor, K.D. Meucci, a Pennslyvania teacher at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Bethel Park, did not miss storytime with her online reading group and appeared on Facebook Live to read to her students.
Meucci had created a closed Facebook group a few years back so teachers and students could meet virtually to read bedtime stories together.
“Of course I packed a book,” Meucci said in a Facebook Live video filmed from her hospital bed on Thursday. “I knew I would be here on Thursday night, so I packed a book from the library.”
The book Meucci chose for the occasion was Mr. Walker Steps Out by Lisa Graff, a children’s story centered around a human-shaped figure that lives inside a traffic signal box.
Popping up on Facebook Live, Meucci hoped her students would enjoy the book but also, she wanted them to be confident they would see her again soon.
“Most importantly, I wanted to see you [for you] to see that I’m OK. I look a little funky, but I wanted you to see and know that I’m OK,” she told her students in the video. “I just want you to know that I love you and I miss you.”
Meucci revealed that doctors believe they have removed all of her tumor, which said was “probably benign.”
Per Mayo Clinic, the cause of tumors isn’t clear but doctors have identified some factors that may increase your risk of a brain tumor, which include:
“Exposure to radiation. People who have been exposed to a type of radiation called ionizing radiation have an increased risk of brain tumor. Examples of ionizing radiation include radiation therapy used to treat cancer and radiation exposure caused by atomic bombs.”
“Family history of brain tumors. A small portion of brain tumors occurs in people with a family history of brain tumors or a family history of genetic syndromes that increase the risk of brain tumors.”
As always, if you have any health concerns do make an appointment with your doctor if you have persistent signs and symptoms that concern you.
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