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Brecht, Linda

Brecht, Linda

Brecht, Linda

I was having dinner at the Swiss Chalet on November 1, 2002. The next thing I know I had a nurse taking blood from my arm. After having a blackout seizure, my first and only one, I was rushed to the University Hospital for a CT scan. A brain tumour the size of my first was discovered. It was determined inoperable, fast growing and life threatening. Dr. Macdonald and Dr. Bauman prepared me for radiation on December 23, I received 90 shots of radiation which I understand is my lifetime quota. Wow did that change my life! I was so weak. I couldn't lift a bag of milk from the fridge and I was tired all the time. I used to work out 5-6 times a week, taught fitness classes at the University of Waterloo and was gainfully employed in the Athletic department. I never smoked, took drugs, and only drank moderately. I will always ask "why me". Today, I paint, read, walk an hour or so a day and work on my computer. All this helps me improve my hand eye coordination and concentration. I would not have gotten through this if it wasn't for all the support of my spouse, family, friends, Brain Tumour Support Group and a personal desire to live and love life!



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