On March 28th, 2017, my life changed in an instant. While leaving my house to head to work, I had a seizure and woke up 24 minutes later in my guest room. A trip to the ER led to a CAT scan, then an MRI and that mass they found was a brain tumor. Two days later, Dr. Bloch performed a successful gross total resection to remove the tumor and a diagnosis of a grade IV glioblastoma followed...all in a matter of two weeks.
A brain tumor? Glio what? Cancer? I was 37, healthy, active, newly engaged and I was in complete disbelief. I soon began aggressive radiation and chemo every day for six weeks. I lost my hair, felt like I had lost my identity, and wasn’t able to drive for SIX MONTHS. My independence was gone. [Temporarily gone]
While in the hospital last March, my sister, Jennie, and my husband, Brogan, started a Facebook page to update our friends and family on my health. Team KBC: “I’m Not Done Here” was born. In a matter of hours, Jennie and Brogan were managing close to 1300 Team KBC members, all ready to join in the most important fight of my life. In between posts, Jennie took over my email, began navigating the daunting task of being an interior designer AND a real estate agent while pacing the halls of Northwestern. Fast forward to 2018…
I finished six rounds of chemo this winter and just heard those glorious words “CLEAR SCAN” from my neuro-oncologist on January 11th. Music to our ears!
So many of you have already committed to fight this fight with me. Team KBC is the most amazing group of people I have ever been surrounded by.
Please, please join us on Sunday, April 22nd to walk, run or donate to fight brain tumors with the American Brain Tumor Association. Let’s not let another brain tumor change someone’s life like it did mine.
I’M NOT DONE HERE, YOU GUYS.
I’M NOT DONE HERE.