Justine's Story "Support programs are so important"

Justine's Story "Support programs are so important"

Justine LeRose, 22, is a childhood brain tumour survivor who laced up her runners on Sunday, May 24, 2015 in support of the 27 Canadians diagnosed every day with the same disease she battled. Justine joined approximately 200 participants at the annual Victoria Spring Sprint walk and fun-run, at University of Victoria.

At the young age of 15, Justine was shocked to learn she had a large mass on her brain, causing her to behave and act in ways not typical for her. “I couldn’t think clearly, it felt like I had something like a psychotic break,” describes Justine. “It was terrifying to learn I had something growing in my brain – I didn’t know anything about brain tumours until I was diagnosed.” That first-hand experience is one reason why Justine has joined Spring Sprint (now Brain Tumour Walk) – she wants to make sure awareness continues to be raised about brain tumours and their symptoms.
With a need to better understand the brain tumour journey and connect with other families navigating a diagnosis, Justine and her family discovered Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and the charity’s education and support programs. Taking part in information conferences and support groups helped clarify the complex disease and prepare Justine to transition to adult health care when she turned 18.
“I think support programs are so important, and to find other people who understand what you’re going through,” she explains. “I know that having a support system around me while I went through two brain operations and radiation made a big difference.”
Thank you Justine, for sharing your story and for participating in Spring Sprint!
The movement to end brain tumours is stronger thanks to you!

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Story posted: May 2015

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