On September 27, 2018, I was given the news that my MRI scan from the day before showed a mass on my brain. I was immediately referred to a neurosurgeon and was told I would need surgery. On October 8, 2018, I had a posterior fossa craniotomy to remove the brain tumor from my cerebellum. The histology reports came back a few days later diagnosing me with a brain tumor type called "Pilocytic Astrocytoma" -- a rare brain tumor that usually occurs in children between the ages of 5-10 years of age; this is a rare (juvenile) brain tumor... Only 14 out of 1 MILLION children under age 15 years are diagnosed, so as an adult it's even rarer to receive a diagnosis. I suffered complications and was re-hospitalized on October 29, 2018, and went through a 2nd surgery on October 31, 2018, to fix my CSF (CerebroSpinal Fluid) leak. I also had an abscess and an infection that needed treatment. Afterward, I went through many therapy sessions, had to re-learn to walk, missed 3.5 months of work, and am constantly working hard every day in order to continue making progress in my recovery. I am so THANKFUL for the people who showed up and stepped in to help me and my family through this sh*tstorm. We ALL will be FOREVER GRATEFUL!
There are over 120 types of brain tumors -- of which have NO known cause or cure! Research is definitely needed.
I am so excited to participate in the MN Brain Tumor 5K! Money raised from this event will be used for brain tumor research.
Today nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with a primary brain tumor, and more than 69,000 others will be diagnosed this year. Brain tumors are often deadly, impact quality of life, and change everything for patients and their loved ones.
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