Care & Support
You can find connections and lean on others who have experienced the diagnosis of a brain tumour. This includes a number of different way to connect to the brain tumour community such as:
Stories of Strength
These are just some of the stories of strength of the thousands of Canadians affected by a brain tumour. Find more stories in this section. And if you want to share your story, you can get started on this page.
Steve and Iris: Story of Hope
Stephen was diagnosed with an anaplastic oligodendroglioma (grade III) in November of 2015 at the age of 53 years old, and shares his personal experiences through diagnosis and treatment including an awake craniotomy; while Iris, an emergency room nurse, shares her personal experience as a caregiver not only to her husband but also to their daughter who was diagnosed with a pineal adenoma tumour (grade I) eight years ago. The Rawlings story is one of hope, support and perseverance.
Theresa's Story: When there’s a will, there’s a way
For Theresa Acchione Parkinson, it’s been 15 years since her father passed away from glioblastoma brain cancer. And while Theresa hadn’t heard of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada while her dad was alive, a few years after his passing, she discovered the charity soon after moving to Calgary. “It was almost odd – it felt like I started hearing about brain tumours everywhere,” recalls Theresa. “And despite my mourning for Dad, I knew I wanted to give back to other families facing this same battle.
Brian's Story: “I’m fighting this cancer inside and out”
“I look better than ever!” – it’s a statement you might hear when someone is newly retired and finally has the time to workout and eat properly. But for Brian Cole, it’s what comes after that exclamation that sets him apart. “I look better than ever!” he says, continuing, “but I have terminal brain cancer and might not see my retirement now.”
Bringing hope. Hope through research. Hope through patient support. Hope for a cure.
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