Words of Wisdom: Hope

What words of wisdom can you offer about maintaining hope?

Hard question. Mostly reminding myself that nothing is guaranteed so there is nothing to say we can't beat this. Having a positive attitude has proven to help so that's what I have to do.
~ Natasha

Gratitiude, appreciaiton and belief in oneself are some of ingredients of hope. Hope is the one things that we can control in an every changing situation (e.g. sickness.). I guess if you have been put into enough positons where you have to make concessions and give up control, you quickly learn that hope is one thing that you can hold on to and one of the things that can help you turn a corner- sometimes:).
~ Ingrid

In 2003 our fighter was diagnosed with medulloblastoma... In 2011 she relapsed with disseminated medulloblastoma... Life is strong and no doctor or science truly knows the strength that is in our daughter... Watching her fight each day makes hope touchable...
~ Carolyn

My godfather Rob Blair died from his brain tumor last August but he continues to help - he donated his body to research to hopefully help understand brain tumours - with such selfless acts like that you can't help but remain hopeful. One of the PSA was a recreation of his memorial, the balloon release one.
~ Melissa

For me; I just have to believe that the person I love is in a better place and that she lived a full and satisfying life. Nothing said can take the pain away but believing that things happen for a reason even if it takes a lifetime figuring out what that reason is. I love you mom and I hope that I will do you proud in my lifetime. See you in heaven.
~ Cindy

I have to believe every day that one day there will be a cure or a longer life expectancy. If having lost my mother so that others can survive I will be truly be happy.
~ Ann-Marie

I stay positive for myself and my family. I can't go about my day any other way. Sitting around crying will not help, trust me I did that my first week I was diagnosed. I make sure I get enough rest and also make sure I get out of the house! It is hard not to get down when I sit alone and do nothing so I don't! I surround myself with positive people! I don't google my condition unless my search ends with the words "survivor stories". I want to see my kids grow up so I am keep myself hopeful! Me and 4 friends are getting tattoes when my treatment is over! I learnt a mantra to my cancer at Relay for Life! You Won't Win! So empowering!
~ Debbie

You promise to get your first tattoo with your BFF when her treatment is over. You just listen and try to be strong. And you pray.
~ Diane

We find out today what our next step is. Its been a long 5 months. So in honour of my Dad I am working on a fundraiser in his honour. For October, (which was then brain tumour awareness month), I set a goal of $3000 and I am going to shave my head. I am currently at $2700 and momentum is gaining! That way we can help others!!!
~ Angela


Please note Words of Wisdom are direct quotes from patients, survivors and family members and are offered as insight into others' experiences with a brain tumour only. They are not meant as advice, always consult your health care team with any questions.

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