On Being a Mascot

“I do not want to be the cancer mascot,” I naively said a few days after awake brain surgery (craniotomy and tumor resection/debulking). Cards, balloons, social media posts, and visits from friends and family weighed heavily on my badly bruised, traumatized, and swelling brain. In this post I reflect on my journey, one year on. …

A Walk in My Shoes

This is a first-person experience story of living with three young children, a dedicated, hard-working wife, and, yes, brain cancer. My objective is to remind us to not discount patients’ chronic illness on the grounds that you cannot “see” the symptoms. A parenting instinct activated upon the first steps taken by your first child heightens …