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In our home, January 30 has a special name - Bubba Be Gone Day. You may wonder wonder, "Who in the world is Bubba?" or conjure up an image of a big, burly unshaven guy with a beer belly and two teeth. Nope. Bubba was a tiny blob that turned our world upside down. He was the brain tumor that was discovered in my fourth ventricle in December 2013. Of course, having a baby, two small children and two sarcastic adults at home, this couldn't be allowed to be some big huge scary thing. He had to have a name, and then he had to be kicked out. So, he was named Bubba. And then, on January 30, 2014 he was sent packing. Now it is referred to as Bubba Be Gone Day and it's celebrated with cupcakes and, if my 6 year old daughter gets her way, a dance party.
Some people hear this and cringe thinking, how can you be so nonchalant about something as serious as a brain tumor. They're right, it is serious. There are over 120 different types of brain tumors and 78,000 people are estimated to be diagnosed in 2017. So, yes, it is serious - very serious. When I was diagnosed I had to admit that I wasn't just scared, I was terrified. I had no choice that I had a brain tumor but I had a choice of how to fight. I could stand up, and try to show my children the strength and humor in each day. That doesn't mean I didn't struggle and I didn't have bad days but I had an answer to what was wrong, I had options; I had a treatment plan; I had hope and the love and support of those around me. I also had access to amazing doctors, technology and medical resources. Thanks to all of that, I am now considered a survivor. So I am now proudly uniting with others in the fight against brain tumors. I am passionate about this cause, so I’m taking action. I need your help in this fight. National Brain Tumor Society will not rest until a cure exists - but more needs to be done. Please join in my effort!
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.
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