Each day in conjunction with Go Grey for May, I’m sharing incredible stories of our community of Brain Cancer Warriors. Buy a T shirt, Beanie or wear an old grey t shirt to support the movement around Brain Cancer.
Name: Theresa Attard
Age: 78 when she passed away in 2016.
My Nanna was diagnosed with a stage four GBM (glioblastoma). She lost feeling in her right arm and when taken to the Physio, he suggested an MRI which showed the tumor. She was taken straight into hospital and from there we found out it was inoperable and radiation treatment may help to prolong her life but ultimately there was no cure. Doctors gave us a timeframe of three months if the radiation didn’t help to potentially a year if the treatment went well.
From diagnosis to death she lived a month.
I never knew much about Brain Cancer until we lived through this nightmare but the facts I know now are frightening and nothing is changing!
Brain Cancer has a five year survival rate and only 2 in 10 people actually make it to that time. It receives less than 5% federal funding yet this cancer kills more children than any other disease. There is currently no screening for brain cancer in Australia. This disease takes your loved ones quickly and in such a cruel way. Let’s raise awareness during May so that others don’t experience the pain that so many of us already have.