• By Laurel Kelly

In the Loop: She was determined to walk down the aisle

September 10, 2019
In the Loop patient Christina Anderson and her fiancé, Brandon Jensen, on their wedding day

Christina Anderson and her fiancé, Brandon Jensen, were on their way to happily ever after when a CT scan revealed a tumor on Christina's brainstem.


Christina Anderson and her fiancé, Brandon Jensen, were on their way to happily ever after. They "both had good jobs they enjoyed," had just bought their first home together in Watertown, South Dakota, and were "busy making plans" for their Aug. 10, 2019, wedding. But in the midst of it all, as the Fairmont Sentinel reports, Christina's head began spinning.

"I started getting a bad case of vertigo," she tells the paper. "It got so bad I went to the emergency room." After being given medicine and "some neck exercises to do," Christina left the hospital and went straight to the nursing home in Watertown, where she works as a nurse. "I thought I could do my whole shift," she tells the Sentinel. "I thought just because I was dizzy was a dumb reason to stay home."

Part-way through her shift, however, Christina's dizziness returned, this time worse than before. A co-worker rushed her back to the Emergency Department. "They gave me some medicine to stop the world from spinning," Christina tells the Sentinel. "And they ordered a CT scan." What that CT scan found is something Christina never saw coming: She had a golf-ball-sized tumor on her brainstem.

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This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.

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