A year before Lucy Garcia's cancer was found, she and son Liam were on the beach in Florida.

Odd symptoms help doctors catch Austin woman’s brain cancer early

Lucy Garcia knew something was wrong when she woke up at 4 a.m. on Nov. 11. The room was spinning and spinning, she said. Her left hand was also numb. 

The 35-year-old mom wasn’t any better three hours later. Her husband, Jason Garcia, encouraged her to go to a stand-alone emergency room in Cedar Park to get checked out.

That emergency room staff thought it was probably just vertigo, but because Lucy Garcia had had numbness in her left hand, they did a CT scan. 

The CT scan revealed an abnormality, but without an MRI, which that emergency room didn’t have, doctors couldn’t tell if it was a stroke or a tumor. 

Garcia was sent by ambulance to St. David’s Medical Center in Austin. 

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