It's hard to believe that this year will mark TEAM Janica's 10th Year participating in Fredericton's Brain Tumour Walk! What an amazing milestone that brings so much gratitude!
I vaguely remember my first walk.....I was still healing from my 1st life saving surgery and relearning everything we take for granted. There was so much to take in on that day with many mixed emotions while creating new lifelong friendships with those who truly understood our journey. But today as I look back, I am so glad to be a part of this community and how they've helped me through the best and the worst of days.
Day by day, year by year I've overcome so many challenges that at times I'm not sure I believed I could make it but here I am! With the love and support of my family, friends, medical teams and many strangers I have gained strength I didn't know I had, been resilient and remained determined not letting this brain tumour get in the way! I have graduated from University and currently pursuing my dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist Assistant so that I can give back to others what many have given to me!
I firmly believe that it is due to the endless hard work and dedication of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada that has greatly assisted my amazing Nerurosurgeon at the IWK Dr Dan McNeely to continue saving lives like mine and has also guided my incredible Rehab Team lead by Dr. Rob Leckey at the Stan Cassidy Center for Rehabilitation to continue empowering lives like mine.
I hope you will join me and hundreds of others on Saturday May 23rd in Fredericton as we remember those whom we have loss far too soon, honour those who continue to fight this devastating disease with such courage and strength, so that together we will find a cure and END BRAIN TUMOURS!
Since February 2011 I've been living by this quote while wearing my favorite color purple <3
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain" (Vivianne Greene)
Cannot thank those enough who continue to dance along side of me even after 10 years in the rain, snow and sun! Thank you for supporting me, and more importantly, for helping the 55,000 Canadians who live with a brain tumour today.
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