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My mom and I the morning of my first surgery
My mom and I the morning of my first surgery

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Ms. Carole Mertes

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Dear Family and Friends,

In late 2009 I was diagnosed with having a mid-brain tumor. Imagine my surprise/shock/fear at having been given this diagnosis. My first surgery was in March 2010 and my second in June 2011. I consider myself one of the 'lucky' ones. I never had a seizure, I didn't have to go through radiation or chemo, and my life has been relatively unaffected. Others however, are not so fortunate.  My dad is one of those.

He was diagnosed almost 26 years ago and while he is still with us, he is not the father he was.  His tumor took from him his sharp mind and his ability to be an active dad to his kids. 

I wonder in how many familes lightening strikes twice?

Each year 210,000 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor.  At the age of 32 I became a statistic. Did you know that there are over 120 different types of tumors? And, that among children under age 20, brain tumors are: the most common form of solid tumor the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths, following leukemia the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among females.

Please help support me by making a donation. My team "The BOB Squad" will be walking in the Race for Hope in Washington, DC on May 4, 2014. (For those who don't know I've nicknamed my tumor Bob). Together we can find a cure for this.

 


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