Tami's Story

Tami's Story

On October 6, 2011, I was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumour. A few days before the diagnosis, my journey began when I woke up from my sleep, with a bad case of dizziness, spinning and eventually vomiting. I had never been that sick in my life!

My husband rushed me to the emergency room and after seven hours of tests and waiting, they scheduled an MRI. The whole time I was thinking about my Dad, he had passed away from a malignant brain tumour eleven years before.

The first words out of my doctor’s mouth were, “We found something, but it isn’t what your dad had. There’s a small mass on your brain.” I already knew in my heart.

I am a very positive person and have the best friends and family but I just kept thinking about my 13 year old son Cody. I decided that I would be strong and positive – period. On January 25th, 2012 I had surgery at St. Mike’s Hospital, just three days before my 40th birthday.

Dr. Muller was the best. They were able to remove it all and it was not malignant. I was allowed to have my friends and family in for very short periods to see me within a couple hours after my surgery because I was doing “remarkable” according to the nurses.

It was music to my ears when my son walked in and said “mom… you look like you still.”

I was home two days later and in time to celebrate my 40th birthday, on the actual day, the best birthday ever. I appreciated my friends and family more than ever and became more connected on a deeper level.

Today I am healthy and happy and continue to go for MRIs. I went back to work as a PSW six weeks later as I love what I do. I would love to help others and bring awareness to brain tumours.

I have had 2 other people in my life diagnosed with brain tumours as well, which makes me want to help further in any way possible.

To all of you out there going through trying times, I say, “I get it and I continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.”

Tami is from Bowmanville, Ontario

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