Kirkland woman celebrates memorable year of life



Posted on April 11, 2010 at 5:42 PM

KIRKLAND, Wash. - One year ago, Kirkland music teacher Rachel Teigen-Brackett went through an experience she will not soon forget.

It started in Belize.

"He actually proposed on this trip. It was a magical vacation, but the whole time I had this splitting headache," said Rachel.

Two days after getting engaged to Sean she went to the hospital.

"They did a CT scan, and found a rather larger tumor in my left ventricle," she said. "Talk about the extreme highlight of my life, to the utter pitfall of despair."

The then 29-year-old went into emergency surgery.

"I never left her side, tried to stay positive," said Sean.

"My life wasn't done yet," said Rachel.

And when she woke up, Rachel started planning her wedding. It was something that helped her regain her focus.

"I think we all need something to look forward in life," she said.

Four months later she got married and bought a house in the process.

And the tumor?

"I'm completely back to normal, it's a miracle," said Rachel.

"It makes me appreciate every day, makes me not want to take anything for granted, take anyone for granted," she said.

Rachel says she will get six month check-ups. But otherwise doctors has given her a clean bill of health.