I beat my tumor for 10 yrs.
Of Catherine’s four adult children, three were diagnosed with brain tumors.
On April 21, 2004, I was diagnosed with a maligmant brain tumor called an Anaplastic Astrocytoma Grade 3. I was only 19 and had my whole life ahead of me. It came to a quick stop when I found out.
After five brain surgeries, two seizures, over thirty nights together in the hospital, and at 21 years old, Mike still wakes up and ends the day with a smile on his face!
On June 17, 2004 my 13 year-old daughter, Marci, woke up complaining of pain in the right side of her head. By the time I realized I needed to call 911, she suffered a massive stroke on her bedroom floor, in my arms.
I have learned to keep a positive attitude and try to make the best of things.
Our experience with brain cancer was short. My mom had been suffering with weakness in her right arm, the inability to write, and difficulty walking. Since she had polio as a child, and already had difficulty walking, nobody thought about a brain tumor.
Allison is positive, strong, and determined to fight brain cancer and win!
In April 2009 my 10 year-old son, Kurt Bourne, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. We were told it was benign, and he started on steroids and radiation treatments. Three weeks into his treatments another MRI was done and showed the tumor had exploded in size.
Four years ago my life changed while attending a conference in Las Vegas. As Executive Vice President at McGraw-Hill, I was committed to attending two big annual meetings a year.
My life changed forever when my brain tumor was discovered. I'll never forget that day.
People have asked me how I feel about my healing journey. I was diagnosed in December 2007 and I can remember it as if it were yesterday.
All I knew about brain tumors before I was diagnosed with one was how romantic they seemed in movies. But when I got the news 21 years ago that I had an anaplastic astrocytoma, I remember thinking ?there?s absolutely nothing good or romantic about this. This is a death threat.? My husband and I were told I had six months to live.
The views and opinions expressed within the NBTS Story Corner do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Brain Tumor Society.