Lin-Pei's Story: Do you get it?

Lin-Pei's Story: Do you get it?

I began my brain cancer journey in February 2011. At the time I was eight months pregnant and thought I understood what people were referring to when they said that they had “baby brain”. I couldn’t remember names and often felt at a loss for words. One day I was so dizzy and nauseous that I asked my co-workers for help getting to the hospital. With no signs of a baby on the way, I was discharged. A few days later, I was back at the hospital. I’m so grateful to an astute nurse who noticed how incoherent I was, with no idea of the date that day. The nurse suspected neurological trouble, which was confirmed via MRI.

In an emergency situation, I delivered my eight month old baby and a craniotomy was performed right after while I was still on the same operating table. Two weeks later, the pathology results revealed I had a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) which is a stage IV primary malignant brain tumour. A GBM is one of the most aggressive brain tumours one can have.

It’s been six years since my surgery, immediate chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and personal healing. I’ve found part of that healing through writing about my experience and how I survived mentally, socially, physically, spiritually, and financially through my treatments. 

I shared my story on this website for the 2011 Spring Sprint (now called Brain Tumour Walk). More recently I’ve written a book, titled, "Do You Get It – A Journey of a New Mom with Brain Cancer” which can be found in the Northey Family Library. My book provides details about my treatments (chemotherapy and radiation), reaction from my family and friends, a list of reference books, types of foods and exercises, prayers and faith, and cost of medications. My book was also mentioned in the London Free Press.
When I learned I had terminal cancer, I was in shock and awe. I didn’t realize at the time that cancer was truly a gift of learning for me. I hope that by sharing my story that others can learn lessons from my journey.
Thank you Lin-Pei for sharing your story of hope. We hope that you will continue to raise awareness and share your story for many years to come.

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