Aug 20, 2005 - 3:17 am
Hi, Im Chris, Im 24 and Im from England. On 5th August, I discovered that I had a GBM. This did not come completely out of the blue and so is not a massive shock to me- no tears or anything like that, although obviously it wasnt news which I wanted to hear. I was first diagnosed with a mixed oligoastrocytoma (II/III) four years ago, at the age of 20, and realised this could recur one day so it is something I have always been prepared for. I found out in July I had a tumour which had been growing quickly over a period of 3-4 months. The neurosurgeon estimated he could remove 90-95% of this new growth (which he did 3 weeks ago) and I've just had an MRI scan to find out whats happening in there. The neuro-oncologist is extremely positive and we agree that I have an abundance of factors in my favour. He is keen to start me on temozolomide as soon as possible.
As I look at it, I have two choices: be positive or be negative. Im taking the positive option- I have too much going for me, too much to live for and so much I want to see and do. And which I will do.
Ive been looking on the internet and have found numerous useful sites and truly inspiring stories which give me hope, strength, belief and courage. I would be extremely grateful for any advice/help/support anyone might be able to offer. I am looking to see what I can learn, what things have helped others etc. Id also appreciate it if anyone could pass on anything at all which you have found useful e.g. diet tips, exercise regimes, complementary therapies or supplements.
I realise that this is the beginning of a difficult journey for me but it is one which I will overcome.
Thanks in anticipation for any help you can provide and I sincerely look forward to hearing from you,