Stories of the movement to end brain tumours

This collection of personal stories feature many inspiring people whose lives have been affected by a brain tumour. You will find stories about how patients and families find strength and hope, stories of perseverance and giving back to make an impact

We are honoured to be able to share these stories and say 'Thank You' to everyone who has shared and for everything you do to help the movement to end brain tumours.

Natalie

Natalie's Story of Volunteering

Natalie lends a compassionate ear to anyone who wants to share their story, which has helped her in more ways than one. The brain tumour community residing in London will have seen Natalie at Brain Tumour Walk events in previous years and at BrainWAVE events. Natalie has lost two dear ones to brain tumours and became involved with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to help support other people on their brain tumour journey.

Nicole’s Story: “Teddy the Tumour”

Nicole’s Story: “Teddy the Tumour”

Nicole has always been focused on how she can help others. As a little girl she made friends with the kids who seemed not to have many peers, and brought home stray animals all the time. This continued through her teenage years and into adulthood. Flash forward to the summer of 2013, Nicole was a hardworking young woman, a goalie in both hockey and ringette, and mom to a few fur-babies, when she started to feel unwell.

Nadine’s Story: Getting Back on the Ice

Nadine’s Story: Getting Back on the Ice

Nadine was a hockey-playing teen when she was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour. It changed her life drastically, but today she finds strength in sharing her story so that others know they are not alone. This is Nadine's journey.

Nik’s Story: #braintumorthursdays

Nik’s Story: #braintumorthursdays

Five years into remission, Vancouver born Nik Fabisiak reflects on his journey with a brain tumour with a renewed appreciation for life. After two agonizing years of unexplained migraines, ocular seizures and collapsing on many occasions, Nik sought the help of a neurologist to determine the cause of his symptoms. However, the neurologist was doubtful that Nik’s symptoms indicated that anything was abnormal.

Neuro Nurses Sprint for a Cure

Holly Anderson was in her first semester of nursing school at the University of British Columbia in October 2011 when her father was diagnosed with a brain tumour in his right temporal lobe. Holly’s father underwent surgery and began a six week regime of oral chemotherapy and radiation seven days a week. Still to this day, he is going through oral chemotherapy and attending regular MRI follow ups.

Nick

Nick's Story: Giving to Honour Emilee

When Nick Betik looks back on the years he shared with his wife, Emilee, what rises to the top are the optimistic moments. He cherishes those memories and even fondly recalls the tough times. “When things were their most difficult, what kept us centered was that there could be good moments every day.”

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Youth Education Award recipient update

This my update since completing University: Since being diagnosed with a brain tumour, life has not been easy for me; University was no exception. I had my fair share of struggles during my time in school. I failed some and struggled in most classes, but overall, I had a great experience. I found myself taking on a new set of challenges, and changing my original plan of majoring in psychology, to double majoring in psychology and gerontology with a minor in French.

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Make every brain tumour count

Stephanie, a 38-year-old mother of twins has been diagnosed with an extremely rare and inoperable brain tumour - a rosette-forming...

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Piper's Story: a dream more precious than Olympic gold

Hi, I am Piper Gilles. You may know me as a world-famous ice dancer. I competed in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. I am a 7...

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