As many would know, I have had my big red beard and long hair for a few years now. To be honest, I have no idea why I started growing my hair, I just did. Maybe cos I can, its easy to manage and it looks ok. My beard – I have been growing that for a long time, it goes up and down depending on my mood and some other external factors.
This August marks 20 years since I was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 16.
After 2-3 years of vomiting, headaches and vision problems I was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma.
This is a benign brain tumour that arises from astrocytes (the supportive cells in the nervous system). These slow-growing tumours usually occur in children and are considered to be the most benign type of astrocytoma.
Once I was diagnosed, surgery was immediate. Diagnosed on Wednesday, Surgery to following Tuesday at the Royal Childrens Hospital, a trulty amazing place.
After the long 9-hour surgery, I was tumour free and on the road to recovery. I had a very lucky diagnosis, and a very lucky outcome.
Over the next 20 years I have been equally lucky to have become a husband, a dad to 2 gorgeous girls, played a role in our family business and lived a full life
The brain tumour hasn’t had much of an impact on my life, very little if any. As a said – I am very lucky – sadly, most people diagnosed with brain tumours are not.
This is why, to celebrate the 20 years since my experience, I will be shaving my head, and face in order to raise some money to try and help people with a not so lucky diagnosis. I will be shaving my head to a number 1 – which will be interesting seeing that I have 1 10-12 cm scar running down the back of my head and neck! My face hasn’t seen the light of day for over 6 years.
The organisation we will be donating all proceeds to is Cure Brain Cancer Australia. We would LOVE your support in donating to this cause. The donations will help their mission to increase five-year survival from the current 20% to 50% by 2023 by funding vital research for both adults and children. Around 1700 people are diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia annually and approximately 1200 die from the disease every year. Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer.
Brain cancer costs more per person than any other cancer because it is highly debilitating, affects people in their prime and often means family members cannot work if they become carers. For those aged 35–44, brain cancer accounted for the highest proportion of cancer expenditure, totalling $32 million.
The Brave Dave Shave will be held on a livestream video on Saturday the 29th of August at 2pm. Please come and join in on the fun! We would love everyone’s support during the event. If you can donate some money to this cause – even better.
- Lauren Temuskos
- Rob Greig
- Shannon Ryan
- Janice Perrin
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