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When the Universe hands you a brain tumor…

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I am thirty years old and currently reside in Boston, MA. I was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York, and I am a graduate of Hobart College. I have a beautiful wife Jen, and newborn son Odin who make every day of my life exciting. Only recently have I identified myself as a person living with a brain tumor (something I look to rectify in the near term), but I do not want that to be what defines me. I have tried to use this negative circumstance as something to write about and ultimately turn into a positive for myself and others.

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Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May 1, 2017 | No Comments

Every dollar and minute spent in the attempt to eradicate brain tumors is worth it. May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Please spread the word!

#BTAM = #BTeAM in 2017

Raising awareness for brain tumor research

Raising awareness for brain tumor research

Oct 26, 2016 | No Comments

  Apologies for the delay in any recent posts to this blog. There has been a number of things happening in my day-to-day, but I intend on posting with some frequency in the coming months. As this week is “International Brain Tumor Awareness Week” for 2016, I felt it was an appropriate time to check-in. […]

Has it really been a year?

Has it really been a year?

Nov 30, 2015 | One Comment

One year after brain surgery. It has been awhile since I posted anything on this blog pertaining to my road to recovery following my brain surgery last November. In many ways, that is a resounding testament to the success of the operation. I’ve been feeling better a little bit at a time, and getting to […]

Back to work!

Back to work!

Apr 6, 2015 | No Comments

It has been some time since my last post. Suffice it to say, there has been a lot to cover in that time. I wanted to feel secure in the major transition of getting back to work, doing my job well, and staying connected with my wife and young son before I got back into […]

“Roid RAGE”

“Roid RAGE”

Jan 12, 2015 | No Comments

Now that I am further into my recovery, I finally feel that I am in a good enough place to write about one of the larger hurdles in the process; Steroids. I know most would immediately think of a muscular baseball player (i.e. A-Rod), and not someone who is bouncing back from neurosurgery. However, they […]

Surgey DONE! Back in the Saddle

Surgey DONE! Back in the Saddle

Dec 11, 2014 | One Comment

Happy to report back that the “Post Turkey Day Tumor Takeout” was a success on many levels. I am back at home with my family, after a three night stay at Mass. General Hospital. The fact that I am writing again is first and foremost something to be grateful for. Brain surgery is a scary […]

Black Friday Blackout

Black Friday Blackout

Nov 26, 2014 | No Comments

I am two days away from surgery. As to be expected, I have run the gamut in terms of emotions in the last few weeks. Mostly I am feeling anxious to just close this chapter of the journey and move on to the “recovery” phase. I would be lying if I said my mind did […]

The Uninvited House Guest

The Uninvited House Guest

Oct 25, 2014 | No Comments

Just a quick look at the intruder we now call Arnold. The real reason it needs to be addressed sooner rather than later is that it is growing into the brain-stem, and placing pressure there (not a good thing long term). This can be seen in the MRI image towards the upper-left side of the tumor. I […]

Logging Off

Logging Off

Oct 16, 2014 | No Comments

I’ve mentioned the topic of message boards and medical forums in previous posts.  After a recent diagnosis of a brain tumor, or any other serious illness, the internet is typically the first place we turn to for information. As I’ve stated before, it is entirely necessary to be extremely well-informed about your medical situation and […]

Find Your Surgery Sensei

Find Your Surgery Sensei

Oct 15, 2014 | No Comments

Speaking with others about your tumor can be pretty daunting in and of itself. To be honest, more than anything I think I hate telling others about Arnold (What I’ve named it). I feel guilty for having to drop negative news on others, and seeing them struggle to know what to say is interesting to […]

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