John Ormond

 Faces of Hope | John Ormond

John Ormond

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My name is John Ormond. I was diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma grade III, the size of a navel orange in my right frontal lobe on November 23, 1999. I had a biopsy, full resection, monoclonal antibody treatment, damage to bone marrow from the antibody treatment which resulted in low blood counts and several months of platelet and red blood cell infusions. Self- administered Neupogen shots daily to bring my white count up to a safe level. Further complicated by chronic atrial fibrillation. Then beam radiation taking the full 6000 rads, followed by five rounds of Temodar and one round of CCNU. My mother, her sister, my grandfather, his brother, and my great grandmother all died from brain tumors. My mom at 36. I was 6. I am blessed to be living in a time when there is treatment available for brain tumor patients. 

HOPE? I GIVE IT TO GOD. I believe God led me here to the Duke Brain Tumor Center where his work is being done everyday by a staff of brilliant dedicated doctors and scientists. Dr. Henry Friedman, neuro-oncologist, Dr. Allan Friedman, neuro-surgeon, and all of the caring staff of professionals that hold us and care for us when we are lost and afraid. They give us the gift of TIME to relish everyday…every moment. At this moment on my 46th birthday, 17 months after diagnosis, my scans are clear. If that ain’t Hope, what is?

—John Ormond




This article comes from The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke
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