This blog is all about how I how used humor to remain sane while dealing with the insanity of a brain tumor the size of my wife’s fist. Why blog? To help other folks cope with serious health issues/brain tumors/cancer and give anybody wading through the muck of rehabilitation some hope or at least a chuckle or two. It will include a vaguely chronological story, books reviews, presentations to rehab patients, etc.
of this, of course, is due to population growth. However, the same NBTS posting
reports that the “prevalence” of primary brain tumors has increased 6%.
(Actually, I figured that % out using my confuser, err computer.)
case you’re wondering what a "primary" brain tumor is, the National Brain Tumor Society website clarified this for me noting that “Primary brain and CNS
tumors originate in the brain or spinal cord, as opposed to metastatic tumors
that originate elsewhere and spread to the brain or spinal cord.”
Somehow the idea that other parts of our body can throw tumors upstairs into our brains is particularly unsettling.
Yesterday I met with a traumatic brain tumor rehab specialist who said that in his
hospitals he feels like they’re not getting 2-3 new brain tumor cases a week as opposed to several
years ago when they had far fewer new patients.
here’s another sobering fact. According to the same NBTS posting “Brain tumors are
most commonly treated by surgery, followed by radiation therapy, chemotherapy,
or both. Little progress has been made in finding new treatments the past two
PS - Yes, I know the body doesn't literally "throw" tumors "up" into our head...they take the escalator like everything else.