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Diana’s Story (Brain Tumor)

Grey Ribbon LRJust when you think all is going great, life happens. I had just gotten my first ‘grown up’  job; 8 am to 5 pm, weekends off… and it was wonderful. I was at work when my neurologist called my office and told me to come to her office as soon as possible. There she showed me the tumor in my brain. I had been having seizures and horrible migraines, and I didn’t know why it was happening. I had had CT scans and all had showed nothing until this MRI.

I missed a lot of work due to the treatments to shrink the tumor. My one vanity was my hair…and of course it fell out. I wouldn’t leave the house for the longest time due to the fact that I was bald. I didn’t like the stares and sometimes I would feel like screaming at people I HAVE A BRAIN TUMOR!!!!!!  At one outing, I had some ladies whisper loudly that I looked like a boy. That angered me so much that I stopped in my tracks and said ‘I have a brain tumor and that’s why my hair fell out. Don’t judge without knowing someone’s story’. I then started to cry.

Losing my hair hurt worse than being sick all the time with all the medications they put me on. I am now trying to look for a job and I feel like they judge me by the way I look. I don’t get called back. They want to  know why I resigned from my last job. When I tell them it’s  because I had a brain tumor, they don’t call back. It’s so frustrating.

But I have my 2 boys that love me no matter what I look like, and my family is very supportive. I love your site. It helps knowing I’m not alone.

Submitted 6-11-2012

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. sharon clayton

    people can be so ignorent! my nieghbor has breast cancer! she felt the same way. Her hair has grown back in And it looks great! now 1 year later- I was diognosed with invasive breast cancer. Just had mastecomy– I go to the oncologist wednesday! And am scared to death? what if? I have learned somewhere along the journey of life! Not to stare- or judge others! You are right. they dont know your story! I will most likely be dealing with the same issues soon! God Bless and keep your chin up girl!! I will try also!

    • Dani

      Have you lovely ladies looked into cannabis oil? It has much success with all types of cancers. Please research if you don’t know much about it, it really has been a cure for many, many people around the world. A friend of mine just got the all clear after treating himself with cannabis oil. He had stage 3 liver cancer and was on chemo but decided, after he started getting really sick and bleeding from every orifice, he would stop chemo and try the oil. After 8 weeks, on pretty decent doses, he was 100% better and tests finally revealing he was cancer free!. Another friend has a brain tumor (pituitary gland, doubling in size every two months) and started vaporising (can’t get access to oil yet) cannabis 6 mths ago (never had cannabis before this) and her tumor has started to shrink! Please look into it if your able to, it could save your life. I wish you every success on your journey xxx

  2. Elizabeth

    When you apply for a job and they ask why you left the other job, say something vague like “I had a health issue that required me to take some time off, but it is taken care of now.” Don’t get any more specific than that. That way, they have no idea if it was cancer, a baby, a bad accident, or what. With so much unemployment these days, they don’t even have to know how long you actually were in treatment, just that you are still unemployed after having to take time off.
    If you have enough hair, try to get a cute short cut. If you don’t, contact the American Cancer Society and see if you can get a lowcost or free wig. (Some people actually donate wigs so since you are unemployed you might be able to get one of those.)
    I had a jewish friend who loaned me a wig (jewish orthodox women cover their hair after they marry with wigs or scarves) that was about the length, color, and style of my hair before chemo. Helped me finish the school year without the kids noticing. Unfortunately, my hair came back in a very different color……oh well!
    Best wishes to you. It is hard to get your life back after treatments, but you can do it.

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