JOIN TEAM SMITH IN FIGHTING STEPH SMITH'S CURRENT BATTLE AGAINST BRAIN CANCER & IN HONOR OF DIANE GEPPI-AIKENS
Steph here! Please support TEAM SMITH as I continue my fight against a malignant stage 3 brain tumor.
My Story: I'm 26 years old and have been undergoing brain cancer treatment since May 2013. I graduated from law school on May 18, 2013. On May 19th, I had a seizure after running, and the hospital in La Jolla, CA diagnosed me with an egg-sized tumor in my left temporal lobe. I flew back to Maryland with my parents to be seen by the Neurosurgery Department at Johns Hopkins Hospital a few days thereafter. On June 12th, I underwent a 7.5 hour craniotomy, and was informed that although 95% of my brain tumor was benign, 5% of my tumor was cancerous. That 5% is a stage 3 anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor, yet I am medically treated as a stage 4 glioblastoma patient.
Over the past 10 months, I have gone through A LOT, but I'm not done fighting yet. My chemotherapy and radiation treatments both began in July 2013. I completed my radiation treatment in September, and am currently still undergoing my chemo treatment, which will (hopefully) be completed this coming May or June. Throughout this process, I've tried my best to take care of myself mentally and physically -- mostly through eating well, exercising, acupuncture, practicing yoga, and reaching out to my family and friends when I hit rough patches along the way. I have amazing parents, family, and friends to thank for getting me this far through my treatment process.
I hope to run this 5K in honor of Diane Geppi-Aikens, who sadly lost her battle against grade 4 glioblastoma brain cancer after fighting the disease for eight years. Diane and I both were involved in women's lacrosse -- Diane was a HIGHLY successful Loyola University women's lacrosse coach, and I played at the University of California, Berkeley. The book "Lucky Every Day" written in Diane's honor motivated me to stay true to myself and work hard on the lacrosse field, in the classroom, and in the library throughout high school, college, and law school. Diane now inspires me to take this treatment process head-on with an honest, open-door policy, and to truly appreciate and acknowledge my loved ones' strength, love, comfort, and guidance throughout this ordeal.
More info on the legacy Diane has left behind can be found here (copy & paste): http://laxmagazine.com/college_women/DI/2013-14/news/022714_tanton_call_geppi_aikens_to_the_hall
Please join TEAM SMITH on May 4th in DC for the Race for Hope 5K, or donate in an effort to promote further, more advanced medical research regarding brain tumors and brain cancer.
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