A year ago in September, a dear friend encouraged me to participate in an open water 1 mile swim with her as a participant in Swim Across America. In additional to challenging ourselves, we were raising money for local cancer research. I trained for nearly a year & then 3 weeks prior to the swim I was diagnosed with a “benign” brain tumor. 2 months later the benign tumor was removed & determined to be stage III brain cancer. I wouldn’t know at the time of the swim that not only was I swimming for others, but for myself as well.
This past week, I finished 10 months worth of treatment - a full frontal extended craniotomy, daily radiation for 6 weeks & 6 monthly courses of chemotherapy. Sept 11 marks a full year since the nightmare began in the ER. From here, I will have regularly scheduled brain MRIs for the rest of my life to ensure we catch the tumor in its early stages when it decides to return.
On Saturday, September 22 (Isla’s 10th birthday!), we are participating in the 19th annual Race for Research for the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation (SBTF). It's a 5K run, 1K fun-run/walk at Atlantic Station. You can participate by running the race along with us, by donating toward our personal fundraising efforts, or by helping me spread the word. If you're not a runner, don't worry, many of the registrants are not runners. Instead many are brain tumor patients who are just happy to be alive & happy to be able to participate (me included!).
Our hope is that when I have to battle this tumor again, treatment will have come a long way & chemotherapy, in particular, will be considered a torturous treatment of the past.
Thank you for your support!
Kristina, Chris, Isla & Annaliese Murphy
*SBTF is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization and public charity.
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