Jennifer Brewe

Jennifer Brewe

Story of Strength

In the fall of 2005, Jennifer Brewe’s life changed dramatically when she was diagnosed with an ependymoma tumour. Fortunately, the tumour was operable and, in November of 2005, it was removed in surgery.

Following her diagnosis, Jennifer received a Brain Tumour Handbook which she found "to be a saving grace" during the overwhelming experience of her diagnosis. Jennifer remembers that the information helped her to cope. It helped her understand what was happening throughout surgery and radiation which ended in February of 2006. Since that time, MRIs have revealed that Jennifer is now tumour free and, she now sees her medicial team just once a year. Jennifer also found comfort in the past from the London Brain Tumour Support Group.

In September of 2009, Jen entered her first year in the Occupational Therapy Master’s Program at the University of Western Ontario. Jennifer remembers fondly an occupational therapist who had worked with her after her tumour diagnosis. Prior to that time, Jen aspired to be an occupational therapist, but her experience following the tumour reinforced her desires. She hopes that she will someday be able to work with people recovering from cancer.

In the meantime, Jennifer gives of her time to help spread information to those who need it most. She volunteers to support the creation and distribution of Information Kits for patients and health care professionals and has given her time at Information Day events. One way she has contributed has been fulfilling the many requests for information that come through the organization. This information includes the Brain Tumour Handbooks, pamphlets and the children’s storybook, "A Friend in Hope." Jennifer feels rewarded in the fact that she can, "help get the information out to the patients since I know how important it was to me."

Jennifer has also helped with education of health care professionals by sharing her story in a webinar for this group, offering tips for working with patients. You can watch her presention below.

Jen's Story of Strength, in support of Brain Tumour Awareness Month

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

Jennifer McIntosh
Volunteer Services Specialist
jmcintosh@braintumour.ca
1-800-265-5106, ext. 231

Thank you Jen for sharing your story, and giving so often to help patients and families.

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