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Can you believe it’s been eight years now! Some of you know my journey. Some don’t. But here’s the short and sweet (or not so sweet) of it. January 29, 2012, I ended up in the ER with verbal stroke symptoms. CT Scan showed a ping pong ball sized tumor in the frontal lobe of my brain. Called work to let them I was not going to be in for a while. I spent a few nights in the ICU for monitoring and was sent home with doctor visits to follow.
I had surgery February 13, 2012 to remove the tumor, discharged a few days later. A couple days after that, I got the news. Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade IV. Oh “bleep!” Life was about to change. I cruised through the six weeks of radiation and chemo. My radiation doctor said I was kicking ass. I lost a lot of hair from the radiation. “It’s just hair.” I still had the energy to exercise almost daily, only taking a long nap one afternoon towards the end of treatment. Maintenance chemo sucked! The regime was a year and a half of oral chemo; five days on at 300 mg a day, 23 days off. The higher dose made feel lethargic and caused some headaches. In October 2013, maintenance treatment was complete and checkups had shown no sign of regrowth. I think this means that I am in remission.
Now anyone that is familiar with GBMs knows that statistics say, “it will come back in three to four years with a vengeance”. I'm now about seven years cancer free. I have made it past what statistics say. Besides, I like to ignore statistics. I had a great team on my side. Besides great and knowledgeable doctors, I also friends and family. My family, my in-laws, my friends…everyone made me feel great! The love of my life, Benjamin, and our fur kids Zelda, Link and Tippy Toe. The best of therapy is the people you love and who love you.
So now I ask you to be part of my circle of supporters. There are others that did not have the fortunate outcome that I had. Please make a donation today to help me reach my goal and to help Head for the Cure defeat brain cancer, step by step!
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