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 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.
'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!
My life changed forever when my brain tumor was discovered. I'll never forget that day.
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.
Four years after this all started, and he is still fighting. The tumor has been stable. The doctors call him a miracle.
I know I have a tumor, but it doesn't effect my daily life and I refuse to dwell on it! I only get to live once and I choose to focus on the positive things in my life.
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 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.
I learned I had to take matters into my own hands and get all the information I could about tumors.
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!
My name is Laura Hartley and on June 12, 2004 our lives changed forever.
"Love never fails", has been my motto for over 30 years.