For several years, Deborah Williams dealt with bouts of severe double vision, crossed eyes and weak muscles. She sought relief from the symptoms she believed were due to myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that is seldom life-threatening.
Then in June 2013, with the help of KU Eye ophthalmologist Thomas Whittaker, MD, the true culprit of Deborah's symptoms was revealed. She had a brain tumor.
Earlier that spring, Deborah nearly backed out of her regular appointment with Dr. Whittaker because of her extremely busy work calendar. She and her husband, Marvin, operate a popular Kansas City catering company that specializes in weddings and graduations.
"I really didn't have time to drive half an hour for that appointment," she said. "But I had recently been experiencing some balance problems and, in some way, felt like something wasn't quite right."