Friends, this month I become a 10 year brain tumor survivor - an amazing and emotional milestone that at times I didn't think I would reach. My gratitude is indescribable and I miss the friends I’ve lost to this illness.
Fundraising for the National Brain Tumor Society is the most effective action I can take to drive research and find a cure so I’m back at it again this year. Together we’ve raised over $150,000 so thank you, thank you, thank you for your ongoing generosity! If you’re able to donate again this year I would be so appreciative.
With love and optimism,
2012: Patrick and I were living in Boston and in the process of relocating to DC for new jobs. I was traveling to DC on a regular basis before our move and about 6 weeks into my new job I had a grand mal seizure in the office cafeteria and a second in the ambulance. My new colleague (and now friend) stayed with me until family arrived. Patrick was in Boston and got on the soonest flight to DC. When I woke up I was told I had a mass in my brain and I consented to perform a biopsy. Two weeks later, results came back inconclusive. It was frustrating but we were already road tripping to see neurosurgeons and sending MRI images to hospitals across the country. I chose Johns Hopkins for my second surgery and I was diagnosed with a low grade oligodendroglioma. This is one of the least aggressive brain tumors. My surgeon resected most of the tumor and it was considered a very successful surgery. I didn’t need any additional treatment outside of medication to prevent seizures. A few days after my surgery I participated in the Race for Hope for the first time.
2013: I started Bridget’s Brigade and all of you rallied around me, the National Brain Tumor Society and all those affected.
Feb. 2015: I was experiencing bad headaches and an MRI revealed that my tumor had grown. I underwent radiation in February and March and then started chemo. I was fortunate to tolerate chemo well, I took time off from work and stayed active.
Dec. 2016: Patrick and I flew to Peru to hike the trail to Machu Picchu to celebrate completion of my treatment.
Today: 10 year survivor and feeling great!