~ Katie's Dream ~
I've joined the movement to end brain tumours by taking part in Brain Tumour Walk. I believe no one should hear the words, "you have a brain tumour", as I did on April 11, 2014. Some people have heard my story while others have not so I will share this little novel that I have wrote up about leading up to my diagnosis, and briefly covering the time after.
My symptoms started in December of 2013. I have always been prone to migraines so I didn't think much of having an increase of those but I started experiencing tingling in my left hand and foot. My family doctor started by diagnosing pinched nerves, but by mid March it started effecting my vision. Seeing spots and dimming of my peripheral vision. April 10th I had another appointment with my family doctor and she suggested I go to my optometrist. April 11 there happened to be a cancellation and that's when my story really begins... The day everything snowballed.
I started a new job July 2015, as a full time receptionist. I was taken fully off my meds in May but after only a brief medication vacation I unfortunately had some minor regrowth and new tumours showed up. Before I knew it, I had been a receptionist for over a year and had made many positive accomplishments, for both the company and myself. I bought a new MacBook, a new mattress set, and most importantly I paid off my Student Loan once and for all. It was August 30th 2016 that I made the hard decision to stop working, take a breath, and focus 100% of my time on getting my health back on track.
Currently I am taking a daily low dose of temodal, doing the best I can to live everyday to the fullest. Some might think that it's ridiculous. I look like a healthy, normal human. They may think that I'm taking the easy way out, taking advantage of my situation. My response to all the negative is that I hope that they never have to go through being diagnosed with an incurable, terminal disease such as mine.
This is why I'm fundraising for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Patients and families need information, support and education. We also need more research. There are too few treatments for this disease and survival needs to be improved.
Every dollar raised through the multiple Brain Tumour Walks across the country goes towards these goals. I haven't asked for much over my journey because I have been so blessed by my supportive family and friends. But now is my time to raise up, take advantage of my health and be vocal to raise the awareness of such a silent, sneaky disease.
Thank you for giving and, more importantly, for helping the 27 Canadians diagnosed daily with a brain tumour. You're changing lives.