Hi all I am a 47 year old cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with a grade 2 malignant Brain Tumour in 2006. Its an oligo astrocytoma located in both the left and right thalmus of my brain . They are seperate so I call them heckle and jekyl.
I had a brain biopsy in May 2006 that conformed a few things, 1. I had malignant brain tumours, 2. That they were not safe to remove by surgery.
I then took a few months researching and mulling over what to do. During that time my partner Robyn and I set up house together in Melbourne and also attended the Gawler Foundations 10 day residential retreat on " Living with Cancer" . This helped me decide on what to do next. Fortunately I met a young GP at Gawler who had the same BT as me and had just had radition treatment and was doing well.
After having another MRI I was told I needed to do something as there was slight growth. I elected radiation treatment with chemotherapy and am doing well with no new tumour activity since June 2006.
I work full time for an Australian Mining Company - Newcrest Mining and am enjoying life.
My partner Robyn found out about it from a friend of hers. Its an excellent program if you are stressed or uncertain about your future. I was pretty active researching on the internet so was confronted with many views and or options.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.