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National Brain Tumor Foundation presentation-recap

September 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I went to the National Brain Tumor Foundation presentation that I mentioned in an earlier post.  I was really looking forward to going.  Then while I was driving there I started getting emotional.  As much as I thought I have accepted this new life sometimes it feels like it has to be a bad dream.  Nobody deserves to go through what he goes through.  No families deserve to feel what we feel. Well I got to the hotel where the event was to take place and I got really scared to walk in.  I had no idea what to expect.  The room was set up with tables, chairs, paper, water, pens, paper, and candies.  I was greeted as soon as I walked in and I walked toward the back of the room where I found Eric.  I am so glad that I had the courage to show up because if all I did was meet Eric it would have been well worth it.It is hard for me to describe Eric in one word because one word would not do him justice.  If you can imagine courage, strength, determination, intelligence, a fighter, smiles, and sunshine all rolled into a ball; that is Eric.  (I am sure I missed some.)  You really have to check out his website.Eric and I sat next to each other and listened as the speakers made their presentations.  I did my best to pay attention and I also took notes though some of the information went over my heard.  In between the speakers I turned around and introduced me to the man sitting behind Eric and me.  He was also young and I seeing him hit a spot in my heart.  He shared that his wife was diagnosed a few months ago and has since had three surgeries.  His wife was also young and they have two toddlers at home.  When he told me this it was hard to stay strong.  I wanted to cry for them.  This is just not fair.  Nobody deserves this.  I hate that my family has to suffer with this condition but I hate knowing that there is another family just a couple miles from us who also had their life robbed.The table in front of where I was sitting there were three ladies.  They introduced theirselves to me and offered me information on a support group.  I plan on attending the support group.  It hurts me to see other people who are battling this.  I look in their eyes and wonder how they felt the minute the doctor told them that they or their loved on had a brain tumor.  But maybe I can share something that can help them and maybe someone else has something that they can help me with.My reason for writing this post is to encourage people who may be in a similar situation to attend presentations or support groups.  The information that I gathered from the different speakers was undoubtedly valuable.  I may or may not have been able to find like information online. The interaction that I had with the different individuals at the presentation was comforting and something that I never would have been able to achieve online.

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