Pablo's Story: The real blessing in all of this

Pablo's Story: The real blessing in all of this

In 2010, Pablo found himself in the ER eight times within six weeks. Intense headaches, drastic weight loss, jaundice, dizziness, and lapses in time were repeatedly dismissed by doctors, but Pablo knew that something was very wrong. Choosing to advocate for his health when others might have given up, Pablo sought out the opinion of his family practitioner and his persistence may have, in fact, saved his life. An MRI revealed a grade IV atypical meningioma on Pablo’s brain.

Pablo underwent surgery to remove the mass, but a stroke in the days that followed complicated recovery. In addition to healing after surgery, Pablo now needed physical therapy, speech therapy, and a pacemaker on his bladder, and yet he refused to let this “new norm” get him down:

“My body might not be in good place, but my head and my heart certainly are. Being at home with my wife and kids for this past six years… Watching my children grow up… That’s the real blessing in all of this.”
 
Pablo first became involved with Brain Tumour Foundation in 2015, finding the local support group through the chronic pain clinic, and later coordinating Ottawa’s Brain Tumour Walk.
 
“It was nice to have some people to reach out to who are walking the same path,” he said in an interview. “2016 was the first year that I was able to attend the Brain Tumour Walk and it was an eye-opener. When you stick hundreds of people together who are traveling down the same path in life, it opens up conversations that aren’t available day to day.”
 
Now, volunteering within the brain tumour community has become a family affair. Pablo’s eldest child, Isabella, 10, will be speaking at Ottawa’s 23rd Annual Brain Tumour Walk this Sunday.
 
“Isabella talks about what it’s like to be a child at home who watches a parent go through a brain tumour diagnosis. Watching my child speak on behalf of not only our family, but on behalf of all the families who are going through this, that is the best therapy for me.”
 
Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada will be returning to Ottawa for the 23rd annual Brain Tumour Walk, a unique opportunity to celebrate survivors, honour those who have passed away, and raise awareness about this devastating disease. Run by Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and local volunteers, this event will raise money for programs, services, and life-changing research.
 
“One of the biggest things that I hope people take away from the Brain Tumour Walk is that it’s not just about one Sunday of the year,” says Pablo.” There is guidance, there are resources, there is support, and it’s available more than one day a year.”
Thank you to Pablo, Isabella, and all your family, for joining the movement to end brain tumours.
The movement is stronger thanks to you all.

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Story posted in June 2017 

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