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 fourth year on Sunday, June 24 at Crissy Field in the Marina. If you are free on June 24, 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 June 24, 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.