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Defining Superman: Young Brain Tumor Survivors Tell Their Stories
by Barbara Cervone
NEW YORK, NY—Imagine you are eight years old and you’ve just learned you have a brain tumor and need surgery right away. As you enter the operating room, one of the doctors invites you to draw on her mask so that you will recognize her in the blur of surgery. You wonder how the doctors will put your head back together and you figure they’ll use super glue.
“I felt my childhood was split before and after diagnosis,” said Kayla, now a college graduate.
Every individual in this extraordinary group of eight brain tumor survivors, now entering young adulthood, remembers the moment years ago when they were diagnosed: Medulloplastoma, Pituitary Adenoma, Supraseller Germinoma. Brian recalls the burning plastic smell of the mask he had to wear during radiation treatments. Tom speaks of the year he spent in recovery, unable to talk, walk, or eat. Full Article at www.whatkidscando.com