Turn the Paige
On Saturday April 28th, Duke will host the 25th Annual Angels Among Us 5k Run and Walk to support brain tumor awareness and research. While I can't make it to Durham this year to participate in the race because of my cross-country move, it is a milestone year for me. August 2018 will mark the 5 year anniversary of my brain surgery at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke.
I recently read "A Stitch of Time, The Year a Brain Injury Changed My Language and Life". Lauren Marks's memoir about her experience following an aneurysm at the age of 26 (the same age I was when I had my surgery) chronicles much of my own experience in recovery. One of my favorite parts was her description of aphasia,which I suffered from, which makes language all but impossible. Without language, our ability to describe ourselves, situations, settings or experiences evaporates. Imagine if your running inner monologue vanishes and is replaced by total silence. Your ability to think is not gone, but your ability to find the words to explain your thoughts is. Marks aptly calls this experience "the Quiet". With no language, there are no thoughts.I, too, spent a lot of time in "the Quiet".
One area where my path differed dramatically from Marks's, though, was the surgery, treatment and recovery I received at Duke. To say I'm grateful to have been treated at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, is a huge understatement. I wouldn't be tumor-free and thriving today without the Duke staff, led by Dr. Henry Friedman and Dr. Allan Friedman. The Brain Tumor Center's motto "at Duke there is HOPE" couldn't be more fitting. One of the things I love most about Angels Among Us is seeing the number of lives positively impacted by these doctors' work. It's incredible.
I'm confident that with continued research, one day brain tumors and brain surgery will be a thing of the past. That day is still a long way off, though. There is so much more to understand before we get there. To help the cause so dear to me, please consider making a donation to my team "Turn the Paige".
There isn't a minimum and all contributions go strictly to research. Thank you for your ongoing support, love and HOPE.
So much love,