Deborah's Story

Deborah's Story

I want to start by saying I have been in denial for a long time about the damage from my brain tumour.

In July of 2007 I was told by my doctor, that I have a well defined soft tissue mass meningioma tumour in the anterior frontal base of my brain. This tumour was invading the sella with displacement of the stalk of the pituitary gland. The size of the tumour 3.0 x 2.6 x 1.6.The tumour was partly removed in September 2007, some was left in as to not take my vision.

Before I was told of the brain tumour I was upgrading my education and heading for college. I managed to complete my upgrading and two years of college. I missed the last year of my three-year program.

Due to the tumour, I suffer from: cognitive issues, short-term memory loss, emotional disfuction, dissociative disorder and now facing finacial losses. I just kept going and relying on common sense, as I still do today.

I went and saw a doctor and he told me that I was in denial and afraid of failure – he was right. The result of my condition is that I’m aware that something is very wrong, but I cannot do anything about it. I know I cannot finish college, because the content is too hard for me. I see a doctor at the brain trauma unit in the Parkwood Hospital on a regular basis. I like to call my self the “Walking Wounded”, because most people cannot tell that I have damage to my brain. I just wanted the hope of not feeling like the stereotype of ‘brain damaged’. There is too much stigma, that is not correct and is very hurtful, that goes with it.

As always my determination keeps going! I would like to get more involved in the hopes we can get these messages across.

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