Since my mom’s passing I have been posting on the 23rd of each month because of the significance. Which tomorrow will mark eight months. However, today is definitely an exception because it marks the second annual Glioblastoma Awareness Day! Given, last year I shared on my social media outlets. I feel as though it was not enough. Meaning, the lack of information provided on the educational background of a Glioblastoma and answering all the important questions. Like what exactly is a Glioblastoma? Who does it affect? What are the treatment options? Where is it located? So this year it is my vow to provide the facts on why this disease is a monster, literally. Below is an accumulation of reaserach from educational websites.
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) (also called glioblastoma) is a fast-growing glioma that develops from star-shaped glial cells (astrocytes and oligodendrocytes) that support the health of the nerve cells within the brain. GBM is often referred to as a grade IV astrocytoma. -AANS https://www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Glioblastoma-Multiforme
Each year, more than 13,000 people are diagnosed with Glioblastoma, the most common, complex, treatment-resistant, and deadliest type of brain cancer. Accounting for 47% of all primary malignant brain tumors. GBM can affect anyone, at any age, including children. -National Brain Tumor Society https://braintumor.org/take-action/gbm-awareness-day/
If you have read this far, thank you! It is so CRUCIAL to spread awareness. I not only want to honor my mom, but advocate for this community. So maybe one day others will not have to suffer the way my family did.