Nearly 700,000 people are living their lives with a brain tumor in the US. I’m related to two of those people, my uncle Karl and cousin Bonnie. Ever since being diagnosed with brain tumors, they have been having vision problems, developed forms of depression, headaches, and loss of balance.
My uncle Karl has significantly suffered from a brain tumor and because of this it has been tough for him to find employment. Each day he applies to jobs but due to the effects of his brain tumor, such as his loss of his balance, it is hard for him to find and keep a job. He has a 4 year degree in engineering, however most it’s been difficult for him to obtain employment in this field. He is currently living with his parents, my grandparents. Not only is it hard for him not to have his independence, but it's also difficult for my grandparents and my mom. My grandparents and my mom have been there for him, but they have had to deal with frequent hospital visits, the anxiety, and the fear of what may happen next. My uncle was only given 6 months to live, but he is still alive, 20 years after the horrible diagnosis. If you have your own story to tell about a loved one being affected by a brain tumor, please visit the Share Your Story page above.