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Ellen's Story

Race for Hope 2013
Race for Hope 2013

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Miss Ellen Pruden

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Our team GOT HOPE is participating in our 3rd year for this race. I am very excited to be involved in such a great cause for the fight against brain tumors. Being a survivor of a brain tumor, I know how much this cause would help so many individuals. Please continue reading my story.

Four years ago, as a young and healthy college student, I would have never thought in a million years that one day I would be considered a brain tumor patient. Sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for the results of the MRI and hearing they found a brain tumor was one of the most devastating times in my life. However, overtime I began to accept what had happened and realized you cannot take things for granted in life. I also realized that you cannot always control what and why things happen. Overcoming struggles in life and not giving up were two of the toughest emotional roller coasters I faced. After my first surgery, my consistent and increasing seizure mystery was solved. The University of Virginia found that my tumor was not completely removed. Hearing the news that the majority of my tumor was still in my brain was once again a devastating blow. I was sent out to California to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for surgery. The remaining part of my tumor was located on my left hippocampus. The surgeon stated that my left hippocampus should be removed but I could possibly lose some memory processes. I am very thankful for the superb surgeon for removing the tumor and the amazing staff who cared for me. To this day I am seizure free.  Today, I think of myself as a very strong individual who survived difficult times in my life with the support of my family and friends. I am super excited to give back and help others. I know many people face this challenging struggle in their lifetime but with our support it can be a triumphal fight. I am ever hopeful that a cure for brain tumors can be found.

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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