I AM A CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVOR
In November 2003 at 12 years old I had a seizure in school. Doctors later found a brain tumor on the left motor cortex (the area that controls movement on the right side). In February 2004 I had surgery to remove the tumor, resulting in lingering physical and mental disabilities. This experience taught me to live life to the fullest, and over the past 10 years I have been fortunate to live an amazing life traveling the world. Last year (February 2014), I celebrated my 10 year anniversary being cancer free. You can read an article I wrote reflecting back on my experience as a 10 year childhood cancer survivor: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1132035
I AM A YOUNG ADULT CANCER FIGHTER
This blog is not just about being a survivor, it is about fighting brain cancer again as a young adult. Recently in November 2014 my latest MRI scans showed significant tumor growth in the area where I had my surgery almost 11 years ago. I have a long journey ahead, but I’ve done this before, and I can do it again. In my 10 year reflection, I ended the article saying:
“I don’t know what the future has in store for me, but it is that comfort of knowing I am not alone that keeps me going.”
My support system helped me through my last fight with brain cancer, and it is that network of support that will give me the strength to fight again. That is why I have created this blog:
- To update everyone on what is going on over the course of this journey
- To share my thoughts on this experience both to help me navigate this path, but also
- To hopefully help others who are impacted by a brain tumor either directly or through someone they know.
As my journey evolves, so will this blog. I hope this blog helps you as much as it will help me. I am always open to advice on how to improve this blog for myself and others, so please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Let the journey begin…