That’s the thing about brain tumours. They don’t discriminate. Anyone, anywhere, at anytime can hear the words “you have a brain tumour.” Like me, 27 Canadians will hear those words today, and another 27 the day after, and again the day after that. In fact, more than 55,000 Canadians are living with a brain tumour right now.
The experience of living with a brain tumour is different for everyone diagnosed. Some of us, due to the location and complexity of our tumour type, face greater challenges than others. The one thing we all have in common is the need for caring support, credible information, and hope.
When I heard the words “you have a brain tumour”, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada was there to help. Overwhelmed by my diagnosis, they provided me with emotional and social connection through their support programs. But initially, what provided me with the most support and hopefulness was receiving a handbook filled with credible and practical information to help me navigate through what was becoming my “new normal”.
Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has developed a collection of handbooks written for patients, caregivers and all those affected by a brain tumour diagnosis. They are filled with a wealth of information about brain tumours, treatments, clinical trials, and a variety of quality of life topics. These resources are truly handbooks of hope!
Today, I’m appealing to you to consider donating to make these vital handbooks available to others who, like me, will need them at the most critical time in their diagnosis.
Annually, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada provides thousands of handbooks free of charge to help all those affected. It is the generosity of donors like you that ensure anyone, anywhere, at anytime can receive a handbook. What does a handbook and shipping cost? For just $15, you can provide hope to one of the 27 Canadians who will here the words “you have a brain tumour” today.
There is no answer to the question “why me”, but I do know that there is hope! Hope through support and hope through information.