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.
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.
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.
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.
Corey is a young adult ependymoma survivor.
If in the spring of 2005 I had not gone to an ENT for what I thought was post-nasal drip irritation in the back of my throat, I would not be having a birthday today.
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!
When I had my grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with my oglioastrocytoma, the size of a peach in my right frontal temporal lobe, I thought life was never going to be the same.
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.
Although mine has been a hard life I'd say, it's been a very happy one!
Four years after this all started, and he is still fighting. The tumor has been stable. The doctors call him a miracle.
It’s been a very long road so far. I’ve really had to learn patience. I like to focus on what I can do, and then just extend on that. But in terms of keeping my spirits up, I don’t like to look behind me. I’m always looking forward. The main thing is if you think you can do it, the only thing limiting you is yourself.
I was twenty-three years old when I found out I had an acoustic neuroma. After a month in the hospital and two thirteen hour surgeries later, they removed it all.
I have no doubt that I will be able to conquer this next surgery with the same faith in myself.
My children believe that my personality has changed
April 28, 2012, Paul, Janet, Stephen (11), and Alex (7) celebrate Paul's 11 years as a survivor of brain cancer.
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.