Watchful waiting

by clairesnyman

Joining the Watchful waiting group It may still be early days after your diagnosis and you may feel confident in the way forward or still uncertain about what this all means – whatever you are feeling, this is all normal. By now, the term ‘watchful waiting’ or ‘wait and watch’ may have been mentioned to you […]

Getting a second opinion

by clairesnyman

Getting a second opinion after your brain tumor diagnosis The reality of your diagnosis is slowly sinking in. Your may have already been for your appointments with your specialists. You might even be thinking about getting a second opinion. Why would you think about getting a second opinion? – Maybe your brain tumor is rare […]

Brain Tumor Diagnosis

by clairesnyman

How to find support after your Brain Tumor Diagnosis For whatever reason, a headache, seizure, balance issues or even a non-related incident; a car crash, which warranted a CT scan, have all led to this moment in time – A brain tumor diagnosis. Time seems to stop.. for a moment… as the reality sinks in. […]

Brain Tumor Support Groups

by clairesnyman

Finding out about Brain tumor support groups Support – keep from falling You are not alone. I physically and emotionally felt this as I sat in a circle with 30 other brain tumor survivors at one of the brain tumor support groups I attended for the first time in person this week. A friend of […]

Brain tumors and mindfulness

by clairesnyman

Brain tumors and Mindfulness – Mind games It was about eight months after my brain surgery for my benign brain tumor that I started to see a clinical psychologist for post-traumatic stress and stumbled the relationships between brain tumors and mindfulness. I had been struggling with immense fatigue since my surgery and the challenge of […]

Brain Tumor Statistics – becoming a number

by clairesnyman

Brain tumor statistics – becoming a number I visited the Brain Cancer Got Me Thinking Exhibit at the Visual Space Gallery in Vancouver. I, myself, am a brain tumor survivor, one of those brain tumor statistics I had heard about many years ago when I was diagnosed. This particular exhibit was a showcase of art […]

Finding a ‘new normal’ after brain surgery

by clairesnyman

Finding a ‘new normal’ after brain surgery A wise friend kindly mentioned to me one day, about three months after my brain surgery for my benign brain tumor, that I might need to consider finding a new normal. I was struggling with heavy fatigue, my short term memory was a challenge and in general my […]

Brain tumor symptoms

by clairesnyman

What are the brain tumor symptoms that you should know? Stop spinning is my first thought. As my head comes off the pillow on waking, the light fixture above me is moving in circles. I cannot stand up without holding onto something or the merry-go-round makes me fall over. I feel sick. Sick to my […]

Book on a Brain Tumor

by clairesnyman

Why I Wrote a book on a Brain Tumor Colored pebbles, sand under my feet, blue sky, breeze on my face, laughter, love and a deep sense of gratitude that I can feel to the very core of my being – These are the images and feelings that come to mind for me as I […]