From BrainTumour.ca: Brain tumours are more common than most people think. Every day in Canada, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour and it is estimated that 55,000 are living with the disease. For individuals and families living with a brain tumour, Brain Tumour Awareness Month is an opportunity to create awareness, raise support and share information about this devastating disease.
AND . . .
October 30 - November 5 is International Brain Tumour Awareness week.
In spite of the growing number of brain tumour diagnoses, many people with tumours are still misdiagnosed. Kol had several symptoms in the weeks preceding his diagnosis, but we didn't recognize them. We have no way of knowing whether an earlier diagnosis would have helped in Kol's case - everything fell into place so well once the lesion was found on the CT - but it certainly wouldn't have hurt. I hope that no-one reading this will ever have to deal with brain tumours, but, realistically, no-one knows what the future will bring. For future reference, here are some of the signs and symptoms of a brain tumour (from BrainTumour.ca)
Signs and symptoms can include:
- Visual disturbance such as double or blurred vision
- Weakness or paralysis
- Personality changes
- Morning nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness or unsteadiness
- Frequent headaches
- Hearing impairment
If you or someone you care about experiences any of these symptoms, please consult your doctor.
In case you missed it, check out Tuesday's post about Kolbjorn's birthday party - with pictures.