Janet's Story

Janet's Story

Hi – My name is Janet. My journey with a brain tumour really started before my diagnosis. Bad headaches became part of my life since childhood,and after many migraine prescriptions, trips to doctors and neurologists, I finally had a doctor who suggested a CT scan in April, 2008.

When I found out I had a brain tumour, I was scared but also relieved in some weird way. 2008 became the year of my treatment, being off work, and the year that my 20-year marriage ended. But friendships and family ties grew stronger and richer, and I felt much stronger in many ways.

I now view the diagnosis as a gift – I feel it gave me a greater appreciation of life and prepared me for my daughter’s diagnosis of a small tumour on her pituitary gland just before her 18th birthday.

My father’s father died from a brain tumour in his 50’s – as I am now. When my hair fell out in patches after radiation, I actually had a lot of fun with two wigs I purchased. I also went to a brain tumour support group monthly for the first year following the diagnosis – encouraged by a social worker at the hospital.

I was told that I was so upbeat and positive- a few patients at one of the support groups claimed that I saved another patient’s life – by talking her into radiation for an inoperable tumour, after showing her pictures my father had taken of me going through treatment.

I am currently back at work full-time and have told my new manager last year that being able to do my job even better than before was my greatest accomplishment!

I have come to consider life with a brain tumour as an incredible journey, adventure,, gift and accomplishment! My hope is that my daughter and others may view their lives this way as well. A great life is not necessarily a long one – it is a rich one, which you have the power to choose for yourself.
 


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