" You Have a Brain Tumor" are words one would never want to hear from a Doctor. Unfortunately, this past May I was diagnosed with a rare non-malignant Optic Nerve Brain Tumor. This Brain Tumor is attached to my optic nerve and wrecked my vision. When I first heard the words Brain Tumor, I was immediately succumbed by fear, despair, and panic. However, all I can say is that when faced with a diagnosis like this, all you can think of is getting up each day, putting one foot ahead of the other and using all the strength you can muster to tackle it like a fearless warrior. You do it because you have to!
My family and friends, whom I call my angels surrounded me with love, support, and guidance. For them, I am incredibly grateful and blessed.
They are my Angels! One of these Angels is my dear friend Kate. When Kate found out I had a Brain Tumor, she quickly came to my side to offer support and guidance. Unfortunately, Kate knows all too well about the devastation that Brain Tumors can cause since her husband, Nick passed away from it. Kate formed her fundraising team, TEAM NICK for the American Brain Tumor Association's annual 5k. TEAM NICK was formed in loving memory of her late husband who passed away in 2012 at the age of 39 after a courageous battle with brain cancer, leaving behind Kate and their two young children.
There have been other friends too; Dear friends with children with Brain Tumors who have endured struggles, heartache, and pain no parent should ever have to suffer. Other close friends and family who have been diagnosed with Brain Tumors as well. We often spoke, comforted each other and talked about how to cope and navigate our worlds after treatment and with the lingering side effect, the disability our Brain Tumors have caused. I only pray that God uses my experience and journey to help just one family in need of assistance.
On Sunday, November 11th I am joining TEAM NICK as we participate in the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run/Walk on Pier 84 in Hudson River Park in New York City.
We are on a mission to find a cure! Through your donations, we can fund research and eliminate brain tumors forever. Please open up your hearts and support a cause that is important to me.
God Bless You.