One of my favorite quotes is by Parker Palmer, paraphrased it goes something like, "if you can't go around it, jump into it". My mother passed away in 2017 from brain cancer. I moved home shortly after her diagnosis, my plan was just to meet and exist with my mom in the trenches. At times I felt successful, other time I felt like a failure. To be able to be there for someone is to be side by side in the trenches, is the hardest thing I've done, but it is also love. You have to re-access and meet them where they are at, for that day, and take it from there. My experience for the past year and a half with my mother was like taking off the bandaid slowly. Hair loss, can't walk, can't talk, can't remember. Makes you literally paranoid and anxious for what piece you might find missing tomorrow. Like a seriously messed up advent calendar.
I do, however, understand now that the most precious gift someone can give is to say, "Hi, I want to be here with you, because you are worth it". My mom did that for me my whole life and I was so happy and honored to be able to give what little I could in return.
Each day, 500 people like my mother will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. To show my support, I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Team Breakthrough Endurance program. Money raised will provide critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care.
Click on “Donate Now” to donate safely and securely to support me in my efforts by making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association. Or better yet make a donation to our team instead! Team name "Lobe Trotters" ;)
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.