What’s behind the name?
During my recovery from brain surgery, people often asked me if it felt like ‘one step forward, two steps back.’ However, even on bad days my journey was more about ‘two steps forward, one step back.’
The steps back have been hard; there is no joking about that. Just when I felt like I was getting there, my body and brain taught me otherwise. They pulled me over and gave me a speeding ticket. As frustrating as that was, I knew I was heading in the right direction: the road to recovery. Hence, Two Steps Forward became my personal mantra.
What is the purpose?
The primary purpose of Two Steps Forward is to connect with people on a variety of levels:
- People with a brain tumor or brain injury
- Brain surgery survivors
- Caregivers and medical professionals interested in the patient’s perspective
More than that, Two Steps Forward is for anyone facing any life-changing situations, for people looking for inspiration and positive stories, and for people who want to feel more gratitude for the small things in life.
The gratitude gained from being aware of these small things is profound and liberating. Life is so short, and we are here for a blink of an eye. Why not make the most of it all?
On a secondary level, Two Steps Forward is about raising funds for further research into better treatment options for brain tumors and, one day, hopefully, a cure for brain cancer. Therefore, a percentage of sales from each book, Two Steps Forward – Embracing life with a brain tumor, goes towards this. For more information on Donations, click here.
It was in 2010, after a vertigo attack and the onset of my first migraine ever, that I was diagnosed with a rare benign brain tumor, a colloid cyst.
I was 34 at the time and the mother of a 4-year-old and I heard the words that no one ever wants to hear: “You have a brain tumor.” My first thoughts were of my husband and son. I felt numb. As part of my treatment, I became part of the group of ‘watch and wait’ brain tumor patients around the world who are monitored with yearly MRI scans. Until my specialist decided I no longer needed a yearly MRI. This was when my husband and I decided to seek further medical advice. As I navigated these conflicting medical opinions, I had to learn to become my body’s own advocate.
In 2012, my brain tumor suddenly grew and obstructed the flow of fluid in my brain, causing it to swell. It went undiagnosed at my referral hospital where I sought treatment for a ten-day migraine and it was only through us consulting with my second opinion that the cause of my new symptoms was determined. Brain surgery was the only option for survival.
It was after my brain surgery that I started to keep a journal to help me deal with the flurry of emotions I was feeling. Almost a year later, I was inspired to start to write my book, a book on a brain tumor, based off this journal. Two years later, and 70 000 words later, Two Steps Forward is now available in e-book and print copy!