In March of 2014, my family received terrifying news that we never imagined we'd hear. My mom, Rose Mattei, who had been experiencing slurred speech, was diagnosed with a stage 3 astrocytoma, and the prognosis was grave.
Though she may have been fearful, my mom insisted that she was ready to fight her tumor by staying positive, keeping up the hope, and engaging in prayer. And so her cancer journey began, first with radiation and chemo, followed by surgery and an array of IV chemotherapy and immunotherapy drugs.
Along the way she suffered many setbacks: infections, falls, and side effects from various drugs. Her tumor caused her to have various deficits, mainly affecting her ability to speak and communicate, which was frustrating to her and devastating for us.
However, my mom never gave up. She engaged in grueling and extensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Though times were rarely easy, she never complained, and charmed everyone with her beautiful smile and sweet temperament.
Unfortunately, at the end of May of 2017, her MRI showed tumor growth. After 3 years and four months of intensive treatment, rehab, and frequent hospitalizations, my mom was transferred into a hospice program at home, so we could focus on making the rest of her life comfortable.
On July 29, 2017, she passed away surrounded by her whole family in her home. We continue to grieve the loss of such a beautiful, sweet, and kind individual, and know, while she lives on in our hearts, she can never be replaced.
Our mother has taught us a lot during this journey. She has taught us what it means to be brave, what it is to be strong, and how it's important to never give up. I can truly say that my mom is, and will always be, the strongest person I have ever met.
Though brain cancer seems to be becoming more and more prevalent, the standard of care has unfortunately remained the same for 30 years, and median survival rate is around only 12-18 months. Research is desperately needed in this field so that others who receive this devastating diagnosis have a fighting chance of survival, and living a normal life. I truly believe that together, we can all make a difference.
We hope that you will consider joining us on this special day or donate to our team, as we will be running and walking in memory of our beautiful, special, mom Rose. Our family is truly grateful and touched by everyone who helps us on our mission to defeat this hideous disease and honor our wonderful mother.
WE LOVE YOU MOM!!! THANK YOU AND GO ROSE RUNNERS!
With hope and love,
Lisa & Christine
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The more the merrier! I’m inviting all my friends to join my team in support of the nearly 700,000 people currently living with a brain tumor. You can join my team by clicking the join button on the right.
If you can’t make it to the BT5K NYC on November 13, 2016, please consider making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association in support of the team’s efforts. Click the donate button on the right.
Thank you in advance for your support of our efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families, and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.