I am a Brain Tumour Survivor. Diagnosed in 2006 with a Benign Meningioma which was surgically removed successfully. Author of the Ebook - My Brain Tumour.
I live in Cyprus now with my husband and life is certainly good. My life was rocked when I was diagnosed and I was scared but I am an optimistic person and believed it could be overcome.
I had a really good feeling when I woke up on Friday morning last week because exactly 7 years ago on the 19th I made my way to the hospital to have my meningioma removed. I was very apprehensive and scared and lots of worries were invading my very happy life. I can report that it was accessible, it was benign, all was removed successfully and I am still here, still living my happy life thanks to the skill of my medical team. So, I woke up and decided to take the day off, read my book on the beach for a few hours, maybe buy a bottle of bubbles for dinner and celebrate in style!
I did all these things and enjoyed my day with my fabulous husband and family. Later that same evening I received a distressed email from a close friend to say that his brother had just been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour but not many details at that stage. I offered my support and advised how important it was for him to stay positive for his brother and to remain calm until further details were forthcoming.
Was this my poke in the ribs to remind me to forever be grateful for how lucky I am? Was it a message to celebrate but to remain cautious? Whatever the message, I remain very thankful and always aware that there is always someone, somewhere else fighting to survive.
I have been so excited this week! I'm proud to say that I am now a published author on Amazon and for those of you that have been patiently awaiting this long sort after event, I am pleased to shout from the rooftops that my book can now be downloaded for kindle, iPads and in fact any ereader device as well as being available in a paperback version.
Really hope you enjoy and thank you for being so patient. Go grab your copy today and I would really appreciate any reviews on Amazon or simple feedback here:
Thought it worth mentioning this organisation to you all. https://www.headway.org.uk/
Although not specifically for brain tumour sufferers they do offer help such as neuro-psych testing and some rehab to assist returning to work.
I know this is not about brain tumours but I have made many posts on this blog about the suspected correlation between mobile phone useage and brain cancer and now we have another suspected link to breast cancer. I cannot believe that bras are actually being sold with a built in pocket!
Seems commen sense after reading this to keep your mobile away from your body at all times. Guys...consider the pocket problem or tucking them in the top of trousers and another no, no, is sleeping with it under your pillow or next to your head so that you hear the wake up alarm.
I urge you all to watch this 3 minute video. It is a scary message!
The Huffington Post have recently shown the following article about Hannah's fight against a very aggressive brain tumour called Anaplastic Astrocytoma.
Hannah's desire to beat this cancer led to make a number of treatments, clinical trials and lifestyle changes. One of the biggest changes has been dietary; specifically cutting out most sugars from her diet.
Learning that the exclusive food of cancer is sugar, Hannah cut out, almost completely, starchy carbohydrates and refined sugars by incorporating a sugar free/starch free food plan. The idea being that this diet would feed the body and mind and starve the cancer into submission.
Interesting article on ZeeNews last week. This find certainly offers further opportunities to study possible brain tumour treatments over the coming years. Let's hope the funding is available:
Recent research from the University of Adelaide where the use of a drug called Emend has been used to stop substance P (a peptide associated with inflammation in the brain). The result was found to be a reduction in brain tumour growth - and also caused cell death in the tumour cells.
New weekly show from Liverpool's Walton Centre.
The series follows some of its most impressive, groundbreaking surgical stories through the stories of the patients, each of whom suffers from a different neurological condition.
"The brain is the bit that makes you, you," says neurosurgeon Andrew Brodbelt. But what happens when something goes wrong with it?
I have to say I have been a really bad blogger for the latter part of 2012. I don't know where time went.
After leaving Australia and returning to Cyprus I went through the usual routine of re-nesting at home. Completely cleaned the house from top to bottom, decided on a few new pictures, had a few things fixed and thought about redecorating. My husband called a halt at that as he thought he may have to become involved - hanging up new pictures was enough of a challenge! DIY has never been his strong point - luckily, I didn't marry him for those talents. Lol.
Christmas and New Year were quiet and very pleasant and before I knew where I was I had woken up in 2013 with a few more inches to my waist!
I feel enthusiastic and excited for my plans for this year and we have now completed and launched out new Kindle Course showing anyone who wishes to self-publish on Amazon exactly how to do it. You will see that my book is now up on Amazon for anyone with a Kindle, iPad, iPhone or eReader so head on over to Amazon and take a look.
If anyone else is interested in getting a book up in front of loads of people on the Amazon market, whether it is to help people or tell their own story take a close look at mine and my husbands course. It's real easy - I promise!