Trevor's Story of Strength

Trevor's Story of Strength

Trevor shares his Story of Strength in honour of Brain Tumour Awareness Month

Brain tumour survivor Trevor Wilkinson says the diagnosis of a brain tumour has changed him for the better. “This whole event in my life is opening up so much that I never dreamt of before. For anybody going through it, I want to let them know that there is hope.”

An accomplished professional from New Brunswick, Trevor is a lover of the outdoors, and an active member of his church. His career has been devoted to helping others in nonprofit multicultural associations and he has raised a family with his wife Jan. All of these things combined to create a dynamic and busy life, one full of family and community commitments.

And although he started experiencing frequent migraines, changes in mood and vision more than 10 years ago, he thought nothing much of these symptoms and they persisted. His subsequent loss of energy, decrease in motivation, and low spirit were also ignored.

“The easiest way to explain it is a loss of vitality.” Trevor explains, “It happened gradually and after about ten years I didn’t care about anything, I didn’t want to do anything. It felt like nothing mattered anymore.”

Ten years later, after the symptoms became more severe and progressing to include persistent headaches, high blood pressure, and serious vision problems, he was diagnosed with a pituitary macroadenoma. A tumour that was approximately 4.5 by 5 centimetres in size. The symptoms he had been experiencing for 10 years, were from this tumour squeezing and affecting the hormonal balances in his pituitary gland.

Trevor recalled the doctor saying to him on April 17, 2011, “’We’ve found a tumour and it’s a big one.’” Less than a month after hearing these shocking words, Trevor underwent a five-hour surgery to remove the tumour, and was surprised at how quickly he recovered.

However, despite this quick recovery, he again began experiencing mood changes and loss of memory. Nine months after his operation, it was discovered that his testosterone and growth hormone levels had plummeted – drastically affecting his emotions and quality of life.

“I’m starting to understand that our emotions are so affected by hormone levels. I’m learning to adapt to that. This means that I don’t have to always trust my emotions, I can question them,” Trevor explains.

Today Trevor continues on the road to recovery. Throughout the journey, he gives credit to his wife, coworkers, and his community for the moral and financial support he needed to battle his tumour.

There is hope, quote from brain tumour survivor TrevorOne way he has been recovering is by embracing each struggle and channeling it into finding strength, courage, and a hope for a brighter future because of it.

“We all face challenging events in our lives but we can decide whether or not that event is a crisis or an opportunity. I want to be able to help other people, to make them say, ‘You know what, this brain tumour, yes, has affected me. I’m not going to be the same, but I don’t have to give up.’”

Trevor hopes to spread this attitude of hope and opportunity to anyone else battling a brain tumour by inspiring them with his story. While his own battle with a brain tumour may have altered his health for the rest of his life, he is embracing the opportunity to inspire hope.

“As long as I have breath, I am going to do something with it,” Trevor says.
 

Thank you to Trevor for sharing his story of strength.

Donate now to support patients and families in honour of Brain Tumour Awareness MonthYou can donate to support the brain tumour community today. Your one-time, tribute or recurring gift brings hope to the 837 Canadians that will be diagnosed with a brain tumour each month. Thank you.
 

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 Story posted: October 2013. Since then, Brain Tumour Awareness Month has moved to May.

 


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