Posts Tagged ‘tumorversary’

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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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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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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Thankful Thursday

THANKFUL THURSDAY:  I can’t thank @E Joyce Rend Webb enough.  She was the brain buddie  who requested I be featured in the Card Maker Magazine back in 2011. The really cool part of this story was she’d  been making and donating cards to the foundation in memory of her dear friend  who had passed from a brain tumor…

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Brain Buddie Gives Back: Way To Go, Flo!

Flo “GBM SURVIVOR” is a Brain Buddie who jumped right in to help and give back. She is one of my biggest fans. Flo is not shy about telling anyone and everyone about Gray Matters. I met her at the local AZ support group I facilitate. Flo is a giving soul and was eager to…

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Reflecting on 15

This date 15 years ago was a TUESDAY.     The night before the big surgery.  I had been waiting for 2 weeks since I was first told I had a baseball size mass in my brain that needed to be removed.   So Sept. 2 1998 was the big day.  In my mind I…

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