Here are some of the most inspiring, real and honest stories I have come across. Books and eBooks are written by people from all over the world! They all heard the words Brain Tumour or Brain Cancer.
These are not in any particular order, they are all amazing.
11 Most Inspiring Brain Tumour and Brain Cancer Stories
Claire Bullimore had it all: a good job, wonderful boyfriend, lovely friends, but she also had something she didn’t want – a brain tumour. 12 years after the shock diagnosis, life-saving surgery and years of rehabilitation, Claire has written a book to help other people when their life does not go according to plan.
This book is the story of hope, of recovery and what happens when life doesn’t go according to your plan. Claire realised she had gained so much helpful information from her experience over the past 12 years that she could put it all into a very relatable book that she hopes can change people’s lives. Not just the survivor, but their loved ones, who will gain a better understanding of how to assist, be kind and patient. Often they are dealing with a perceived new person, as brain tumours can cause fundamental changes, both mentally and physically.
“Our job is to be there when things are bad.” Matt Newman said this to financial planners on a daily basis as a wholesaler in the financial services industry. He constantly preached the need to plan in advance, to be prepared for the unexpected and inevitable.
As a young man in his late thirties, he lived a healthy lifestyle, had a beautiful family, and a successful career. He practiced what he preached, and made sure he had a financial plan in place for his family. Everything seemed to be going in the right direction:
Life was about to change drastically.
After he began experiencing horrible headaches, insomnia, and strange speech issues, he realized something was very wrong. Four months into dealing with these issues, he finally went to the hospital; the doctors confirmed the worst; he had grade three astrocytoma. Matt was diagnosed with brain cancer at 39 years old.
Luckily, he had someone to help him through every terrible moment. Matt’s own father-in-law Larry had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years earlier. The two men found support in each other and their combined family as they worked to find normalcy in an abnormal situation.
Matt’s memoir chronicles the journey that his entire family and support group took together which got him to a place of clarity, understanding and appreciation.
There’s more to cancer than chemo and radiation. When she found herself diagnosed with brain cancer for the second time, Kristina Kotlus chose to quit on day one. But rather than meaning she gave up, her quitting meant getting a whole new lease on life. I Quit offers readers a chance to do the same. Inside, Kristina shares how she survived both diagnoses with the help of her family, friends, and faith in a relatable, funny way from her original diagnosis to finding doctors to telling her kids (hint: make someone else do it). She shares openly and honestly, with just a touch of sarcasm and a heavy dose of humor and faith and encourages readers to decide that it’s time to stand up, wash the tears off their face, and keep going.
As a busy marketing executive with a husband and young son, Claire is used to pushing her limits.
But it’s not too much work: it’s a rare non-malignant brain tumor. The diagnosis completely blindsides 34-year-old Claire and her family. Together they face the new reality of her condition while trying to navigate conflicting medical advice and cope with her new onset of symptoms.
Two Steps Forward opens the door on life with a brain tumor and life after brain surgery: the frustrations, challenges and successes. A brain tumor touches not only the person with the tumor, but also their loved ones.
In this compelling book, Claire documents her personal awakening as she learns to be her body’s own advocate through the often-harrowing journey of life with a brain tumor, her misdiagnosis and the brain surgery and recovery that followed.
As she slowly recovers, she comes to realize that life’s small delights are just as important to embrace, be grateful for and believe in. This inspirational story is told with honesty, clarity and revelation.
Two Steps Forward is an enlightening and compelling book for readers walking a similar path, but also for those facing a life-changing situation or for anyone looking for a positive and uplifting story.
We see moments of sadness and moments of happiness, we are seeing the world and all of its ugliness and wonder through her eyes. We are taken on a expedition, over the many hurdles which she faces and we are treated to the joy and love which she receives from everyone around her. Despite facing many battles, she manages to remain positive and focussed on living a better life; going away as much as she could to balance out her life . We want her to come through it all, we feel her pain, we experience her optimism and we are mesmerized by her positivity and strength through-out. It is a truly inspirational memoir from someone who is trying to live her life as well as she can; reading this book will leave you wanting to fight for a better, more fulfilled life, for you and all your loved ones.
Reviews from Amazon, for the first book in the series, ‘You are my sunshine.’
‘A truly inspirational read, that illustrates a person’s suffering, trials and tribulations but still leaves you at the end of the book with a positive outlook on life, and feeling anything is achievable.’
‘Very inspirational great reading. Couldn’t put the book down.cant wait for the follow up book. Hope Anna is doing good.’
‘Inspirational read by Anna. Written with obvious passion for her family and friends who are helping her through her illness. Complete insight to how she is coping with her illness and the accomplishments she has achieved whilst fighting this battle. Remarkable lady!’
‘Anna’s bravery and determination to beat her condition is inspirational!
As a nurse and a mum I related with everything she said about her experiences and worry for her children! An amazing book and a must read. I will be expecting any student nurse who passes under me to read this and will highly recommend it as it gives all perspectives.
God bless Anna and the kids. Hoping for a happy ever after. ‘
‘Loved this book, very well written and I think will help anyone that is struggling with their health and trying to continue their day to day life.’
‘An honest and inspiring story that will make you laugh, cry and feel grateful for what you have and who you have around you. This story was a delight and sometimes difficult to read but the positive outlook Anna has on life and the support from all around her is just incredible. Can’t wait for the next one.’
Jon Fredrickson was 16 when he started to complain of headaches and sickness. An eyesight test revealed the shocking news that he had developed a brain tumour. Over the months and years that followed Jon and his devoted family endured a roller-coaster ride of treatment and therapy, diagnosis and disappointment, until finally no more could be done for Jon, and he died at the age of only 26 with his devoted parents at his bedside. Jon’s illness did not prevent this brave young man from setting up home on his own, travelling around the country independently and embarking on a successful career. His mother Jacky kept a diary of her years of trial, and she has now developed it into this moving and inspiring book.
A truly remarkable love story of a family’s struggle with brain cancer. From the onset of symptoms through diagnosis and treatment, the author articulately chronicles events as they unfold. Fears and raw emotions will capture the reader and give them an insider’s view of a husband and wife’s struggle to stay alive. The odds against what happened to this family are incalculable.
I hope you will be inspired by one or more of these books about fighting and surviving brain cancer or a brain tumour. Let us know in the comments if you have already read one of these books?