Head 4 Hope
"Through him whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope" Romans: 5:2-4
Julie Prater's Story
I am 38 years old. I was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) which is a Grade IV brain tumor in 2014 when I was 8 weeks pregnant with my second child after having a grand mal seizure. I had neurosugery to remove as much of the tumor as possible on June 30 2014. I then waited as long as I could for the sake of my daughter before I began treatment but unfortunately had to start treatment when my tumor grew during my pregnancy in September of 2014. I began radiation treatment Oct 7th, 2014 along with my little June inside of me at 27 weeks pregnant. We went through radiation for 6 weeks. I had multiple seizures each day but June and I fought through them. She was born December 8, 2014 at 36 weeks happy and healthy with her Dad and big brother Judd by our side. I believe it is only through prayers, the help of our medical team at UT Southwestern and my OB that we made it through. I remember thinking and still thinking it is a miracle that she made it through neurosurgery, radiation, and daily seizures while inside of me. I began chemotherapy 2 weeks after June was born and finished 12 rounds of chemo by November 2015. I had 4 yrs of wonderful remission. In August 2019 my tumor started to grow again. I started Temodar (chemo) and was stable until May 7, 2020. My tumor has started growing again but I remain hopeful that a different chemo will fight back at my GBM. I am grateful for each day and thank God that I am here to hang out with my family and friends and continue on this adventure we call life! We live it to the fullest and I walk with Jesus through this journey. He is the only one who gives me peace beyond my understanding. I pray for health but most importantly a cure for this disease. I don't want anyone else have to go through this and I believe one day this disease will have a cure. Please consider donating to me or my team Head 4 Hope, or participating by joining my team for a facebook live virtual 5k on May 31st at 8:00 am. Proceeds are donated to the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative and my hospital UT Southwesterns research programs to find a cure!
Each year, over 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. More than 120 types of brain tumors exist, making effective treatment complicated. Cutting edge research is needed as we continue to make strides in this fight.
Head for the Cure works to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and other supporters, while celebrating their courage, spirit and energy. Every Head for the Cure event marks a day of celebration where those diagnosed with brain cancer are honored and celebrated by their friends and families, those who have lost their battles are remembered, and we are all inspired to carry on the fight.
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