Posts Tagged ‘brain tumors’

19 Years Ago Brain Surgery Began

It was the morning of 9-2-98 Micheal drove me to Barrow and we checked in to pre-op. Some things you never forget.  My dad had given me a shirt that said don’t forget your dad loves you and it had his photo on the front so I made sure I was wearing that so he…

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Brain Buddie Survivor Story: John Van Wagner

My name is John Van Wagner and May 30th 1995 after an 8.5 hour surgery I was told I had a menigioma brain tumor.   It was benign  but it  wrapped around my facial nerve and left my face almost completly paralyzed.  I had to endure reconstructive surgery and thankfully was able to regain some movement…

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Iris W Kirk Gone 24yrs and Missed More Than Ever

Today is a bitter sweet TONGUESATTUMORS TUESDAY it marks 24yrs since I watched my grandma’s death by a brain tumor. It would be her passing from such a horrific disease that would spark my passion to be a voice for the BT cause. The bigger piece to this moment in time would be- 24 years…

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in memory of Beth Glassman ( ORIGINALLY POSTED 2008)

There are times in people’s lives when they hit the abyss. When things look so incredibly bleak and you feel that you will never dig yourself out. Last year I faced the abyss and Lanette, with her kindness and love and infectious spirit helped drag me out of the abyss, here is my story.

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Jack Orler is his name

I met a lady while volunteering on the Pediatric Ride for kids. This was over 15 years now.  She  asked if I spoke to families with adults that had brain tumors.   I said of course and the story began.  She asked if I would reach out to her hair dresser who was just diagnosed…

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Brain Tumor Awareness Month 2016

It’s time to come together for the the next month to make some noise.  As you know we have many in Washington Dc that have HEADED TO THE HILL to represent! Thank you  in advance to all those Brain Buddies who are making a difference and being our voice.  Our mission at The Gray Matters…

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#drinkonefordavid

I write this post to wish my beloved brain buddie  a HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY.  A recent post on his fan page encouraged followers to share stories of times you may have shared a cup of coffee with david.  This sparked an idea to celebrate his life lived. Perfect I thought it’s his birthday and a…

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My Medical "IF ONLY FOR ONE"

AS MOST OF YOU KNOW:  My true brain tumor journey started in 1992 when my grandma was diagnosed and in 9 wks died. My grandma was my first IFONLYFORONE. More about that on my website under my story.   This BLOG  is about my  MEDICALIFONLYFORONE.  It never occurred to me to count the one who…

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What Is "It" ?

I am often asked “How do you do it?” I just do. You see, I don’t even have to ask why I do what I do. When you’re doing it, it is part of your daily life, it just happens. Others will always want to know how, and it’s difficult to explain.  It’s natural, a…

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September 2, 1998

Sixteen years ago my life took a completely different turn. On August 12, 1998 I was diagnosed with a baseball size mass. On this day, September 2, 1998, I had it removed, and learned it was a grade 3 Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma. Between then and 2007, I have had 5 surgeries. Before the tumor, I worked…

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