It started with a headache that never went away. Then, my foot started to feel numb. I didn't think the two were related and neither did my primary care physician.
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.
I know that it sounds crazy, but if God had not blessed me with a brain tumor, I would not know the things that I know today. I would not have the courage to live every day as if were my last. I know now what really matters in life.
'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.'
Once rendered immobile after her surgery to remove a brain tumor, Zazel-Chavah O'Garra shares how dance and a positive outlook helped her reclaim her body.
I thought I would share my story because it is one that has a happy ending, and shows that being persistent is important!
by Chadwick "Chavi"
In August of 2008 I was jumped by my former band. I was taken to the hospital for trauma to the head. After they ran a CT scan and then an MRI du to some abnormalities. They found a Pineal Brain Tumor
Since my first surgery I have hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney and Half Dome, gone white water rafting and hang gliding, learned to rock climb and ride a motorcycle, got married, and had a beautiful son that I never thought I could have.
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.
I have learned to keep a positive attitude and try to make the best of things.
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.
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.
This is my story about how I found out that I had a brain tumor.
October 21, 2010 landed me in the emergency room at Harris Hospital after experiencing double vision and an occasional loss of balance over a period of 3 weeks. After meeting with the ER doctor, it was decided that an MRI was in order. Upon returning to my room from the X-ray, my husband of 26 years, my 23 year-old daughter, and I were told that I had a large mass in my brain.
I learned I had to take matters into my own hands and get all the information I could about tumors.
I am the daughter of the strongest woman I know. In April 2005, my mother was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Grade IV.
My father, Phil Hahn, was diagnosed with a GBM primary brain tumor on October 24, 2010 at the otherwise healthy age of 64. He lost his heroic battle on March 16, 2011, and we miss him terribly.
I was twelve years old when I was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
It has been a little over 13 months and I think I miss my mom more and more each day.
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!