Living Life, Sharing Hope

Living Life, Sharing Hope

Today, Jennifer Baker feels great. But not a day goes by that she doesn't think about the brain tumour that changed her life forever.

"After going through this, I realized that life can be very short," says Jennifer, tumour-free for two years." I try to be even more helpful and kind. I appreciate people and reach out more."

It was Friday, June 13 when Jennifer experienced a weird sensation at work that turned into a grand mal seizure. "I woke up an hour-and-a-half later with the paramedics looking down at me," she remembers.

Rushed to the hospital, Jennifer had a CT scan followed by an MRI. Both revealed a growth on her brain. The following week, a neurosurgeon confirmed that the tumour was likely cancerous.

Jennifer's surgery went well and she was out of hospital three days later. She endured radiation for the next six weeks and took a special chemotherapy pill particularly useful for treating brain tumours.

Two years later, Jennifer has a new appreciation for life and understands more than ever the need to balance body, mind and spirit. She returned to work this January but makes time to play drums with her band, cuddle her three cats and go running in her neighbourhood.

Jennifer openly shares her story at her local support group in Ottawa. "It’s so important to talk to someone who has been through it all," she says. "It’s my turn to ease their pain and fears. This is my calling."

*Readers are urged to seek medical advice on matters of concern and not to rely solely on the text of this publication.

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