My Story: I was diagnosed with an Oliogodendroglioma in October 2011, just after starting a new job and entering graduate school. I had a full craniotomy to remove the tumor on 11/21/11. The surgery was successful at the time. I have continued to have follow up visits and MRIs since then. A new tumor developed near the site of the original one. Unfortunately, there is no cure for brain cancer (YET!) and this is to be expected. I endured 12 rounds of chemotherapy in 2017 in attempts to slow the growth. Unfortunately the tumor grew slightly. I am in a holding pattern waiting for the next treatment stage- radiation & chemo combo or surgery. When the doctors say go (based on my MRIs I will start) I am strong, I am brave, I am a survivor!
Unfortunately a very good friend's mom started her own journey with a brain tumor. She is currently finishing up chemotherapy. She has endured SO much. She is my hero and "side fighter".
Each day, 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. To show my support, I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association's BT5K Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk. Money raised by the BT5K will provide critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care.
You can support me in my efforts by making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association.
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Your donation not only supports brain tumor patients and their families but it also supports the breakthrough research to improve, extend and ultimately save lives.
And remember, your donation is tax-deductible! You can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org. Thank you in advance for your support of my efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families, and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.