Sandra's Story: Feeling Fortunate

Sandra's Story: Feeling Fortunate

At the age of thirty, Sandra Lisi heard the words “You have a brain tumour” for the first time. Sandra was diagnosed with a Chordoma, a rare type of tumour that occurs at the base of the skull.

“I was very fortunate and still feel very fortunate because the first operation was a success,” said Sandra.
 
Following surgery, Sandra and her family traveled to California in order to receive two months of radiation therapy. 
 
“My husband was there every step of the way and I feel very fortunate to have been able to raise my two children because of his love and support. Our families and our friends were always there for us as well, giving whatever help was needed. The support we received was incredible," said Lisi, “Now, thanks to research advancements funded by organizations like Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, therapies are increasingly available in Canada.”
 
For nearly twenty years, Sandra’s life continued with only minor side effects to remind her of the event. “I was very fortunate, I would go for my routine checkups and they became further and further between. Then, in 2016 I could tell that something was not quite right.”
 
Sandra had her second operation in early spring of 2016.
 
“That operation was less invasive than the first. The first operation was very hard on the body. The second time they had the technology to do the surgery through my nose. I think we are all very fortunate here in Toronto, at least that has been my experience with the doctors here,” says Sandra.
 
Since that time, Sandra has become increasingly involved with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, attending the Brain Tumour National Conference in Toronto in 2016, then volunteering as a coordinator for the 2017 Brampton Brain Tumour Walk.
 
“From the very beginning I saw that you guys were very ambitious and you all had your hearts in the right place. A woman turned to me at the conference and said, ‘Isn’t it funny… after everything that you and I have been through, we still feel like we are the fortunate ones,’ and I do think that I am fortunate, I always have. I have time to give back now, and if I can help someone to feel the success that I did, then I want to do just that.”
Join Sandra on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Professors Lake Park for the 17th Annual Brain Tumour Walk. We believe that no person affected by a brain tumour should walk alone, and on May 7th they won’t!

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Story posted in April 2017


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