I am a thirty-year-old internal medicine physician living with brain cancer. My brain tumor journey started in January of 2020 when I was studying medicine in Chiang Mai, Thailand. While there, I began to have strange neurological symptoms and ended up diagnosing myself with a brain tumor.
Honestly, the story only gets crazier from there.
Even as a physician, a brain tumor diagnosis is confusing, overwhelming, and terrifying. Throughout my journey, I used writing as a therapeutic way to cope with this unexpected diagnosis. I started a blog which gained an unexpected worldwide following. You can read this blog at www.elephantlotusbraintumor.com
Incredibly and unexpectedly, blog readers from around the world told me they found my words hopeful and inspiring. Readers encouraged me to write a book, so I did. My first book, a memoir called Difficult Gifts: A Physician’s Journey to Heal Body and Mind, was published on February 8, 2021 with Wise Ink Creative Publishing.
I loved participating in the MN Brain Tumor 5K in 2020. With friends and family around the world, we raised over $2000 for brain tumor research and had fun in the process.
Let's spend another beautiful, spring day walking/running together in spirit (while social distancing appropriately) raising money for brain tumor research to battle this disease together! All money raised goes directly to brain tumor research.
Please help by sponsoring me today!