October 10, 2013 was one of those "remember where you were" moments. The outfit, the location, the weather, and most memorably, that punch in the gut feeling. Each detail is forever stamped in my memory. Just having gone back to work as a new mom to 5 month old baby Nolan, my world was instantly flipped upside-down with the news that my seemingly precautionary CT scan showed a golf ball sized mass on my brain. It seemed incomprehensible that my very recent, mild, but regular, headaches could in fact be a brain tumor. Tumor, a word I literally couldn't say out loud.
Four years ago, I was one of the 500 people each day who will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. I feel unimaginable gratitude that my tumor was successfully removed and not cancerous, and that my post-surgery loss of mobility on the right side of my body almost entirely came back over time. However, the anxiety, fear and trauma from the experience, along with the lifelong medical monitoring, stays with me.
This is my third Brain Tumor 5K race. Somewhat symbolic, one race for each baby boy I've been blessed to have despite the potential risks that pregnancy can have on tumor growth. Post my initial diagnosis, the most anxious days of my life have been awaiting MRI results, particularly those following the deliveries of my two post-surgery sons.
To show my support for my premier medical team and care, I am participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s (ABTA) BT5K and serving for a second year on the Columbus ABTA committee. Our team is Steinberg for Survivors and money raised by the BT5K will provide critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care that will improve, extend and ultimately save lives - making more victims, survivors!
You can support our efforts by donating to the American Brain Tumor Association, and/or running with us!
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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.