Life's A Beach
Michelle was diagnosed with Brain Cancer in 1998. She was only 32 with four young children at home, a husband, and a job she loved. She put up a hard, long fight going through numerous radiation, chemo, and gamma knife procedures. The grade 3 Astrocytoma brain tumor that was supposed to only give her 4-6 years left to live after treaments, was evenually put into a "dormant" stage, (never fully being able to be called in "remission" due to the type of cancer and the spot it was in her brain). And it stayed that way for awhile, while she did physical and occupational therapies to build strength to the side of her body it had affected. She learned to do simple things again such as walk without a cane and write her name again. Life got back to a new "normal", although it was never quite the same, with her having to accept the changes and things she wouldn't do again, such as work. In 2009, during a routine yearly follow up scan the doctor's saw new growth. This time more aggressive and not responding to treaments. She fought hard again and the next two years were fillled with more chemo, surgeries, hospital stays, inpatient rehab and even a very scary night with a phone call from the rehab facility asking us to come right away. They had found a bleed in her brain and didn't think she'd make it through the night, we needed to say our goodbyes. In Michelle's true fashion, she shocked all doctors and staff, when within a week, she was sitting up talking and communicating with us. All along the way, she made believers out of many. Unfortunately, medically, there was nothing else they could do. She came home on hospice, expected to live out her next few weeks with her family. She again did it on her terms, blessing us instead with the next 2 months we got to have and care for her.
Michelle lost her battle with Brain Cancer on October 10, 2011. I can't help but think about the "what ifs". What if there had been one more treatment out there, one more procedure that could have given her more time. What if there had been a cure? I am dedicated to helping others not ever have to have these what ifs. By supporting Michelle's memory and this Brain tumor walk, you are helping to raise awareness and resources to fund critical brain tumor-specific programs to improve the lives of all those affected by brian tumors. Let no one else lose their mother, their wife, their sister, their daughter. Let no one else's children grow up without their Grandma.
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