Brave Like Meg
Please join team Brave Like Meg in our efforts to fund brain tumor research so that one day (soon!) there will be a cure. Every dollar and every step counts.
Since becoming a brain tumor survivor in October 2018,
I had two awake craniotomies -- yes, that's brain surgery while being awake. One of which was during the COVID-19 pandemic. Who needs visitors?! I DO!
I completed 33 days of radiation with simultaneous daily chemo pills.
I am completed 12 monthly rounds of more-intense chemo treatments, and I'm one round in to another type of chemo.
I had countless MRI’s, lots of blood drawn and regular neurological exams.
I built my dream team of doctors thanks to connections I didn't know I had.
I had countless seizures despite taking seizure medication twice each day.
I lost nearly half my hair and gained a collection of wigs and hats.
In the same year,
I celebrated the engagement and wedding of my sister-in-law Brooke to Brian.
I wiped Brynn’s tears and helped her get around when she broke her leg.
I watched her learn to ride her bike without training wheels.
I watched Brynn start kindergarten and Avery start third grade. I helped teach them both when schools closed.
I served as Cookie Mom for Avery’s Brownie troop and helped her to earn the top seller badge -- twice.
I played tooth fairy, Easter bunny and Santa Claus.
I watched my girls' faces light up at Great Wolf Lodge, Casa Bonita and the Dillon ice castle.
We traveled to Nebraska to toast to Laura and Clint, to hug my incredible cousins and to watch an Antler football game.
I watched Avery turn 8 and 9, and I watched Brynn turn 5.
When Brent turned 40, I was there to see him jump from an airplane.
We traveled to Maui where we counted rainbows and turtles.
I walked miles and miles, and eventually ran a 5K, the same distance I ran the day of my first seizure.
I continued to work at a job I love that I know makes a difference in my community.
I watched as my friends’ bellies and families grew.
I soared over my favorite mountain town in a hot air balloon with my twin sister and the kindest stranger.
I saw Avery perform in her first dance recital and Brynn score her first soccer goal.
I traveled to Slovakia, Greece and London — three of my favorite places — with three of my favorite people.
I spent just four days in Iceland, which was enough time to see the Northern Lights and Diamond Beach. (Google it.)
I was chauffeured miles and miles to appointments, work, home and back again.
I ate a lot of meals cooked by friends, family, co-workers and neighbors.
I was inspired by survivors and fighters I've never met. (Thanks, Gabe and Sheila.)
I raised more than $12,000 for brain tumor research, thanks to the generosity of my friends and family.
I prayed, meditated, visualized and gave thanks for every day.
Through it all, I leaned on Brent and my family, who served both as my rock and a soft place to land, depending on what I needed.
I’m walking June 6 for more tomorrows. For me and for others in similar situations. Join me on June 6 or by contributing to the National Brain Tumor Society.
Survivor, fighter, success story writer
I am uniting with others to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. I am passionate about this cause, so I’m taking action. I need your help in this fight. National Brain Tumor Society will not rest until a cure exists - but more needs to be done. Please join in my effort!
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.