Posts Tagged ‘gmfbrainbuddies’

Senator John McCain’s Death from Brain Tumor Triggers Sadness

After learning of Senator McCain’s passing yesterday, it triggered reflection and some sadness.  Let me explain. I love encouraging and sharing support. I believe it is what I was created to do, however this calling comes with a price. When you help those who are living with a disease that has no cure building relationships is…

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You learn who your friends are

I made a hospital brainbuddie visit.  The patient learned the GBM has possibly returned and  she needs surgery to determine if its treatment effect or tumor.   I brought a few goodies and some items to brighten the room.  I decorated the room engaged in conversation and then!    Bless her heart the tears and…

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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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Looking Back to Where I Got “The Call”

Sunday 11-27-16 My friend took me to a christmas performance downtown and We decided to have some lunch before heading home.  We tossed around a few places and she suggested Sauce.  I immediately thought of the location that used to be my office and was now converted to the restaurant.  There is a  BOFA  branch…

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The Night Before My First Brain Surgery – 18 Years Ago

18 yrs ago tonight I would await  my first brain surgery to take place bright and early in the morning.  Micheal and I  stayed at Hilton Suites  near the hospital to make sure we were set for success in the morning. That evening I sat writing notes & cards for all my friends & family…

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Banking, Bagels, and Brain Tumors

Banking Bagels and now Brain tumors.    Gene Snyder was my client,  my friend and now a brain buddie.   I met Gene when I worked at a bank.  We laugh now but it was not funny back then.  His very stern voice scared me.  Really the truth  he wanted you to know he meant…

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David M. Bailey his story continues to share HOPE

David M Bailey my friend, my brain buddie, aka THE DYE HIPPIE FOLK SINGER , HOPE GUY I attached a link to his personal story if you haven’t taken the time to read you need to. DMB “My friend” I met him in 2000 at a NBTF event and after hearing him sing “ONE MORE…

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30yr Medulloblastoma Survivor brainbuddie Steve Westerhoff

Today we want to tell you about Steve Westerhoff.  Steve is a 30 year survivor of Medulloblastoma.  He was diagnosed  in 1987 with a pediatric brain tumor while attending college.  He explains that being told he had a brain tumor caused some life changes.  Steve endured surgery and radiation down his spine.  He and his…

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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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