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Laura’s Story (Brain Cancer)

Laura's Story (Brain Cancer) I am a stay home mom of three beautiful kids. I have an amazing husband who I am utterly in love with after 11 years together. My family is my world and I completely adore them.

On May 10th 2013, my perfect world was turned upside-down when out of nowhere, after no symptoms or health problems, I had a grand mal seizure. Sadly, I was home alone with the kids! My precious innocent babies were terrified and didn’t know what was happening. At first I was frozen and in a standing position but eventually I fell and landed on my face and puddles of blood formed in the floor around me. I could hear the kids screaming and my husband came running through the door right at the time I fell. I could feel him hugging me and I could hear him crying and begging me not to leave them! I was absolutely devastated hearing them suffering around me but not being able to respond. Honestly, I thought I was dying too and I asked God, “Why is it taking me so long to die!?” I was rushed to the hospital and after MRI and CT scan, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After a week in the hospital, I finally had my brain surgery and a few days later, I was released from the hospital thinking this horrible storm had passed and thanked God for all the good that came from this bad situation.

Two weeks later the pathology report came back and I was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma, stage 3 brain cancer. After a week of being broken, talking to God, and not understanding why and how I would get through this, I woke up one morning completely comforted and hopeful! I know I will get through this and I STILL and will ALWAYS praise God through the storm! I have another surgery scheduled for July 11th and then I will have radiation and chemo. I am fighting like a girl and I WILL win!

New Jersey
Submitted 7-3-2013

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. Jocie

    Laura you are so strong! I love you and pray for you. You are my strength and inspiration. God is the ever powerful healer and you are in his love and care. You are amazing! I love you family too.

  2. michelle

    You amaze me every day Laura! You will beat this. You’ve now been through 2 surgeries and are recovering like a champ. You’re amazing. Fight like a girl, you got this! Love you girl 🙂

  3. Susan

    Laura, what a remarkably strong, beautiful – inside and out! – woman you are, inside and out! We’re all with you 100%, along with your sweet husband and those three kids, and deeply inspired by the wonderful fighting attitude you’re bringing to this battle. I just opened my mailbox and found your story, and I realized it’s now eight days following your surgery. With all my heart I hope you’ll do beautifully after the chemotherapy and radiation up ahead, and know that we’ll all be pulling for you! Lots of hugs sent your way…

  4. linda schmitt

    You keep fighting ! You are loved so much and have supporters who have never even met you!
    Look at how you have helped and inspired people just be being you.
    You are such a gift.

  5. Sharon

    One of my favorite verses… Zephaniah 3:17…the way Dad God speaks to me version…lol …the Lord is your God and he’s living and breathing within you.
    He is a super mighty savior.
    He takes great delight in you…gladly…tickled pink even!!
    With his love, he calms all your fears.
    He rejoices over you with joyful songs….hooray!!!!
    I love you Laura. You have taught me so much about courage and conviction. You’re simply amazing!!!

  6. Karen F

    Laura, you have a spirit that shines through.Keep holding your faith close to your heart. Your wonderful positive attitude is inspirational. God Bless and we will keep you in all our prayers! Life is truly a precious gift!

  7. Heather

    Keep fighting feisty ! God’s healing and grace is already working!,

  8. Betty Massell

    Stay strong Laura and continue to fight like a girl! God Bless you and your family! You will come through this a winner! Keep the faith!!!

  9. Raqui Esparza

    Praying for you sweetie! God is good and His grace is amazing…your faith in Him is an inspiration!! Blessings and love to you

  10. hannah

    I’m 17 years old and I have a tumor in my brain and I had a seizure too my 10th grade year now I’m in 12th grade and having trouble of forgetting about it I worry and worry I’ll have another seizure one day even though the doctors say it’s not likely and I’m terrified of driving I want to drive but in afraid if I do I’ll have a seizure while I’m driving and hurt or even kill someone else I’m stuck and don’t know why to do

  11. Chris

    Our story sounds the same (mom of three diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma. We have nicknamed mine Astro.

    I have had surgery and 6 weeks of radiation and chemo. I find out on Friday the results of the six weeks of treatment.

    Stay strong and I too will beat this!

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