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October is Brain Tumour Awareness Month

I grew up in an acreage north of a small town.  We lived just around the block from a doctor and his wife who had no kids but welcomed the entire neighbourhood into their home.  Every year, they planned and hosted a block party and shared the produce of their huge garden and orchard. 

They often hired me to babysit their cats or water their flowers while they went on holidays. The doctor was the one who diagnosed my dad’s pneumonia and took him to the hospital.  He was my brother’s confirmation sponsor. 

And then, when I was in my teens, the doctor needed a doctor.  He was diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent surgery and treatment before passing away.  So in his memory, I’m honoured to be hosting my fellow blogger Shannon and her message about brain tumour awareness month.

October is brain tumour awareness month

We all know what the pink ribbon is for.  Today I want to tell you about another ribbon.  One that is near and dear to my…. brain.  It is the grey ribbon.

October is Brain Tumour Awareness Month (#BTAM2012) in Canada. You can find all sorts of information at the Brain Tumour Foundation Of Canada’s website.   

October is brain tumour awareness month

Did you know that 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour every day?  I was one of them on September 13, 2009.  You can read more about that day HERE.  

Did you know that there is no known cause of a brain tumour?

Brain tumour foundation of CanadaDid you know that there are over 120 different types of brain tumours?   

Did you know that brain tumours in children are different from those in adults and are often treated differently? Although as many as 60% of children with brain tumours will survive, they are often left with long-term side effects. Find out more brain tumour facts HERE.

There are signs and symptoms of a brain tumour (please contact your family doctor if you have any of these symptoms).  Here is a list from the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada website:

Signs and symptoms of a brain tumour
Every day this month, you can read a story of strength on Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s website.  Spread the word this month.  Here is a list of social media messages you can share.

Thank you to all my blogger friends that shared the message with me!

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