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Brain Tumor Experience
On August 10, 2016 I underwent a left-sided craniotomy for the resection of a Grade II malignant Diffuse Astrocytoma. Described as a well-behaving tumor in a favorable location for complete resection the surgery was a success and the follow up MRI's to this point have also been favorable with no indication of return. Monitoring every 3 months for the first 2 years was successfully and now my check ups are every 6 months. I consider myself blessed beyond words for the early detection, the impeccible skillset of the Johns Hopkins team members and for the sheer luck of the location of the tumor itself.
Story / Background
During my annual physical with my primary care physician I typically communicate several items including my level of activity, diet regnum (or lack there of) and whatever has occured over the previous year, ailments, chiropractic activity, etc. In passing conversation I did mention a higher frequency of migraines. As a lifelong sufferer of migraines I can typically associate a cause whether it be too much diary, poor dieting, stress related activities etc but could not figure out the bit of frequency in the prior months. I have to assume based on pure instinct my primary care physician suggested I undergo a brain MRI although the history of migraines would suggest this was completely precautionary. MRI's revealed a 'finding' and thru the course a typical course of action led me to undergo the craniotomy for the resection of the tumor.
Goals / Understanding
At certain intervals in one's life there are suggested checkups and appointments, cholesterol checks every year beginning around 35, colon cancer screenings when around 40 of life history of issues, diabetes, blood pressure checks, etc etc all seem to have some identify of when to begin to monitor. However we have very little information about brain health, treatment or diagnosis. My goal for participating the Maryland Brain Tumor Walk is to spread awareness, encourage communication with your doctor and to give back to a community to which I have been extremely blessed by assisting in raising funds for the talented individuals in this area of expertise that can make a difference for others.
National Brain Tumor Society Message
I am uniting with others to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. I am passionate about this cause, so I’m taking action. I need your help in this fight. National Brain Tumor Society will not rest until a cure exists - but more needs to be done. Please join in my effort!
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.
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