Liz's Story of Giving Back

Liz's Story of Giving Back

I think most of us, especially as we get older, start to think about our life, the contributions that we may or may not have made over the years, and think perhaps the time has arrived to start giving back?

I was a nurse for several years, and an honest realtor for a few. I mean, I was always honest, but only had the opportunity to work at it for a short time!!

I was very fortunate having met a wonderful guy, and we had three great little boys. So…when I found out (actually quite randomly) at 41 years old that I had a brain tumour, I thought…Uh really? Not exactly a good time here: Kinda busy with kids, career, being a wife etc. Well, ok then, let’s get this done.
 
Two brain surgeries later, a severed right auditory nerve and facial nerve, truly brings home the phrase…a face only a mother could love. I guess it finally hit me. My life had definitely changed.
 
But…many changes were, surprisingly, for the better! My boys actually made a point of showing me, and proving to me, that the changes to my face were certainly not going to bother any of them … or anyone who wanted to remain their friends! My husband Sandor…you know that wonderful guy I mentioned earlier? He didn’t miss a beat, and life just simply carried on! My biggest complaint is my right eye. Always dry, irritated, and only partially closes. I realized early on that nobody really listened when I complained, so I figured I wouldn’t bother!
 
Sandor, being in the Military, required us to be constantly on the move. No life like it, you know. I really enjoy redecorating but after 14 moves I decided I wasn’t going to bother counting anymore.
 
Our final move came in 2011 when my husband took over as the 8 Wing Chief here at CFB Trenton. We made our home in Belleville. The timing was great. I was ready to start getting involved, and low and behold, little old Belleville had a Brain Tumour Support Group and….they needed a convener. I guess I wasn’t a bad catch as a nurse, so I dove into that first introduction to the Brain Tumour Support Group and the brain tumour community.
 
What a welcoming and caring bunch! What a thrill to learn finally…Wow…I’m NOT the only one out there. Eye opening and very awe inspiring at many times.
 
A few years later our group facilitator of many years, who had actually founded the Belleville Brain Tumour Support Group, was ready for a much deserved break. I decided it was time for me to step up.
 
Belleville also has an awesome Brain Tumour Walk. (Formerly, Spring Sprint!) It is now in its 17th year!! So…yes I took that over too. Oh how hard could it be??! Just, never mind!!
 
Thankfully, with a wonderfully loyal family, friends, and volunteers…it is always a great success in raising funds and awareness for those of us who hear those words…every day. You have a brain tumour.
 
What a privilege it is to be able to give back to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and the brain tumour community as they give so much to us.
 
So…as I mentioned at the beginning, when it came time for me to start thinking about making some kind of contribution or giving back. Well….it pretty much was a “No brainer” for me!
 
Thank you Liz for raising awareness of brain tumours and for dedicating your time and energy as a volunteer! The movement to end brain tumours is stronger because of you!
 

 If you are interested in donating your time and talent, please contact:

Jennifer McIntosh 
Human Relations Manager
jmcintosh@braintumour.ca 
1-800-265-5106, ext. 231
  
March 2017

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