Today nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with a brain tumor, and about 77,000 others will be diagnosed this year. Brain tumors are often deadly, impact quality of life, and change everything for patients and their loved ones. I can attest to how being diagnosed with and treated for a brain tumor turned my life upside down. But despite the challenging road, I could not be more thankful for the life lessons learned, the support I received from my husband, parents, family and friends, and, of course, the miracle workers, aka the neurosurgeons, at UCSF Medical Center.
In April 2014, I went in for what I thought was going to be a quick MRI to get a look at why I was experiencing dizziness and sharp shooting pain in my head and neck. I am no stranger to MRIs so when it was over and I was not allowed to leave the hospital until I spoke to a doctor, I knew something was wrong. Within 24 hours, I was connected with one of the top neurosurgeons at UCSF and was scheduled for surgery to remove a benign meningioma within three weeks. My team of doctors were able to remove over 95% of the brain tumor and discharged me from the hospital just a few days later with a new (as some would say) stylish hair cut.
Alex, Ryan and I are excited to participate in the Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk for a third year on Saturday, May 13 at Crissy Field in the Marina. If you are free on Saturday, May 13, we would love for you to join our team, Tomorrowland, for a 5k (3 mile) walk along Crissy Field.
If you are unable to join us on May 13, but would like to donate to the cause, your donation will help advance the fight for a cure! All funds raised through the walk allow the National Brain Tumor Society to advance research and fuel the discovery of a cure for brain tumors.
The National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research; advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community; and providing comprehensive patient, family and caregiver resources. Your support ensures this important work will continue.