One day, I got a call that my father was acting "strange" and we soon found out, my father had a Glioblastoma Grade 4 primary brain tumor. Although his body was 100% healthy - the tumor was going to take his life - they gave him a month to live ....but the doctors were amazed at his body. They said he had the body of a 30 year old and he was at time of diagnosis, in his late 60s. After contacting Duke University, we and he decided he'd try AVASTIN and he did live (quality) for a year and 1/2 - not a mere month. My depression gets worse - not better as time goes by. Waking up and realizing I won't talk to my father - is like someone takes a huge punch in my stomach daily-it's incredibly sad and such loss. I feel for anyone who has tragically lost someone so important to them and whom they love. I am offering my story - to show that - many people have obstacles they must overcome - however- how to put the "pieces back together" when your world has fallen apart, is easier said than done!
I feel more monies should be allocated to research for incurable diseases. It can strike babies, toddlers, young children, teenagers, college students and it cost my Dad his life. Primary brain tumors are aggressive and brain tumor doesn't "discriminate" - although - according to Duke University's research, these tumors somehow attack young girls more age 3-12 and men (any age) Caucasian usually 80% so there is obviously DNA involved and also exposure. Even benign brain tumors can cause severe disabilities and/or death - it's cruel that in 2012 - there is no cure for Primary brain tumors (yet) - I sure hope that changes!! For the HOPE of others whose lives will be shattered by this horrific illness.