It was a moment I will never forget. My husband Dave was on a respirator, he had miraculously survived a massive pulmonary embolism, and I was asked what I wanted to do next. I could give Dave a blood thinner, which might put him at risk for a brain bleed, or give him a Greenfield filter, a device implanted in the groin to catch blood clots, and hope that none would get through. I felt like I was being asked to decide how I was going to kill my husband.
I agonized over the decision. I phoned several world-renowned physicians from top brain tumor institutions where Dave had previously been treated – all of them had a different opinion. I know many of you or your loved ones are faced with similar situations. I understand how hard it is to learn the vocabulary and make sense of the options. The stakes are high. It is my hope that the Brainstorm Dialogue and Education Series will assist you by empowering you with the information that you need.
Explore our new website, we are still developing it, and let us know what topics you find the most useful and what topics you want to hear more about. The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ presents the seminars free of charge to the brain tumor community.
They provide an art workshop for school age children so you don’t have to worry about childcare and a light supper, so you don’t have to worry about dinner! Here is the best part: the seminars are being professionally videotaped and posted on this site, therefore, if you can’t make it, or you want to review the content, you can watch it on-line and print out the materials. So, wherever you live, you can access the Brainstorm Series when the time is right for you.
With hope, I am committed to continue to support all of you whose lives have been impacted by the diagnosis of a brain tumor.
Founder and Former Caregiver