April 28, 2012, Paul, Janet, Stephen (11), and Alex (7) celebrate Paul's 11 years as a survivor of brain cancer.
My brother was diagnosed of brain tumour in the year 2000 and was operated immediately.
I worked in human resources for 12 years, so even before I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I was well informed about public and private benefit plans. When it was time for me to apply to Social Security Disability Insurance, it was no surprise I saw the “red tape” and how long it takes to receive benefits.
Of Catherine’s four adult children, three were diagnosed with brain tumors.
I'm not a fool, I know this thing will most likely come back but I am ready for round two, whatever that might be
I am trying to give more time to my kids and family. I am trying to live my life without thinking about cancer. Sometimes I can go a whole day without thinking about it and I am determined to be one of the oddballs that beats the statistics.
All I could think of was the 8 years we lived with my mom deteriorating in the late 80's, early 90's from her brain tumor. I did not want to live like that.
A week before Christmas 2010, I had a full on seizure leading to my diagnosis of a brain tumor. Nothing in my life before that night ever gave me an indication of this. A month later in Seattle, I underwent a debulking surgery that removed roughly forty percent of my tumor.
Eleven years a survivor, once introduced to the notion of having a brain tumor, life would give me the chance to wear many faces.
'I'm sorry?.' I thought the doctor was apologizing for the long wait we?d had in the emergency room. After pausing a couple of seconds she came right out and said, 'You have a brain mass.'
Many people will look at this title and wonder if maybe I received a bit too much chemotherapy or radiation. I might have, but I'm alive today.
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