My name is Joe. I am 37 years old with 3 kids. On May 9th, 2011, my life went into chaos.
As I sit here, a very dear friend of the family is fighting for her life.
Four years after this all started, and he is still fighting. The tumor has been stable. The doctors call him a miracle.
My husband of 35 years passed away July 15, 2011. I lost my best friend and the love of my life. He was only 61 years old.
In September of 2010, we learned that my husband of sixteen years had the "meanest tumor" according to the doctor.
by Cheryl Lynne
Since my mother started her journey with brain cancer in the middle of January 2010, she has been a patient in three different hospitals; one for diagnosis, one for treatment and the hospital in our hometown where she worked as a nurse for 38 years. The hometown hospital has made it easier for family members and friends to visit with her and has given her the opportunity to be cared for by the women that she worked with over the years.
Nearly six years ago, my wife drove me to the emergency room where eventually I was diagnosed with a glioblastoma tumor. This was the culmination of 10 months of ignoring a series of subtle symptoms that nearly cost my life.
As a young girl my dad taught me hope. He showed me how to survive in this world. He taught me how to fight for what I believed in and to follow my dreams; no matter how big or small - with dedication, passion, and courage they could be fulfilled.
My big brother, John, was diagnosed with a GBM on January 14, 2009. We should've known something was wrong, but he was single and lived alone.
My prognosis was not good back in October 1997, but by choosing the treatments "I" felt were right for me - I am still here today.
It has been six years since diagnosis. I have dedicated my life to helping those going through cancer or caring for someone going through cancer. There is so much that a person like myself can do to help.
Unbelievable. That's the word that kept coming to mind the first couple of times I went to my oncologist. Unbelievable.
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