April Simpson: Surviving A Brain Tumor

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- May is Brain Tumor Awareness month. There are over 600,000 people in the United States living with a primary brain tumor.

It’s an illness that hits close to home for FOX 2’s April Simpson as she too was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010.

It was a scary diagnosis for Lauren Dwyer. In September of 2011 she knew her life was going to change with her upcoming wedding, but not like this. Her brain cancer diagnosis came just 10 days from her wedding date.

Her now husband Nathan was there when the only symptom, a seizure, had reared its ugly head. Scared, but moved forward with their now downsized wedding.

After three surgeries, radiation, and now chemotherapy at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Lauren is recovering well.

Just a year earlier, she was sending me well wishes as I battled a benign brain tumor called meningioma.

I too endured a 12 hour surgery and two rounds of radiation, even documenting my feelings up to the day of surgery. It has been a life changing experience as I also continue the long road of recovery like Lauren.

We have many things in common, such as living each day as if it were our last and the importance of the month of May.

May 26th is National Grey Day.

For more information on brain tumors and how you can help, head to www.braintumor.org or www.aprilsangelsfoundation.com.

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