Janet was diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma in 2015.
Shortly after her diagnosis, she started attending the adult support group at Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
“Listening to other people’s stories– sadly, often grimmer than mine– and having them listen to mine was therapeutic. I looked forward to it month after month,” Janet expresses. When the facilitator of the support group left, she stepped into the position.
In 2015, the members of the Edmonton Walk committee asked Janet to share her experience with the gathering at her first Brain Tumour Walk.
“I did, and I cried. A lot. I brought more therapy, and a greater connection to my newfound community. From there, I was hooked,” she remembers.
Janet embraced the challenge of coordinating the 2016 Edmonton Brain Tumour Walk, and she would for the next five years. She envisioned growing the event as a challenge, and it grew!
“It was thrilling to be a part of it. My involvement was cathartic, and by supporting others, I had helped myself. I needed to be there for others, raise awareness and funds, and I needed to contribute to the cure. Volunteering was an essential part of my brain tumour journey,” she reflects.
Thanks to her new family at the foundation, Janet Hempler continues to walk her journey with a sense of love and belonging.
On behalf of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, and the brain tumour community:
Thank you! Janet Hempler!
Learn more about the Brain Tumour Walk and register for the event at www.braintumourwalk.ca!