Each day 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. This is why on Sunday, April 23, 2017 I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association's Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run/Walk in Chicago. Each year, the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run/Walk provides critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care.
I am participating and fundraising to maintain and strengthen the critical resources that make such a profound difference in the lives of brain tumor patients and their families.
On October 10, 2006 I was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma. Praise the Lord it was benign, but the large mass was dangerously pressing against my brain stem. On November 1, 2006 I had 15 hours of brain surgery. There was a lot of bleeding and they were only able to remove about 75% of the tumor. After a year, it began to grow very quickly, so in the spring of 2008, I underwent 6 weeks of radiation. That did not stop the growth, and by the fall of that year, the tumor had returned to its original size when it was discovered. On November 25, 2008 I had a second brain surgery. It was 17 hours of very delicate maneuvering by my wonderful neurosurgeon--and GOD of course. The surgery was a success--they were able to remove the entire tumor! Praise the Lord I am now TUMOR FREE!
Unfortunately, in the process, my hearing nerve on the right side was cut (I am now deaf in my right ear) and my right facial nerve was injured. The right side of my face was completely paralyzed for almost a year, but is now slowly regaining some movement through exercises. To help it even more, in October 2013, I had a facial nerve transplant surgery. In July 2014, a muscle from my thigh was transplanted to my face as well. The nerve and muscle are connected, so with time and hard work I should be smiling once again! It is a slow and hard process, but I know that the Lord will restore me. God has been ever faithful through my whole brain tumor journey---2 marathon brain surgeries, radiation, physical therapy, hearing aid fittings, multiple eyelid surgeries, facial regeneration therapy, facial surgeries, and the list goes on. My life is nothing like I thought it would be, but it is a BLESSED life.
Please help me fight to put an end to brain tumors! You can support me in my efforts by making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association. I will be walking with my amazing team--The Brainy Bunch!
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Thank you in advance for your support of my efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
~2 Corinthians 4:16
Remember, your donation is tax-deductible! You can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association at ABTA.org.
About the American Brain Tumor Association
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was the first national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to brain tumors. For nearly 40 years, the Chicago-based ABTA has provided critical funding to researchers working toward breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care, and is the only national organization providing comprehensive resources and serving the complex supportive care needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.