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Walter Ramsey

My name is Walter Ramsey, and on September 12, 2005, my life changed forever when  was told I have a brain tumor. I immediately had a shunt placed to relieve hydrocephalus, biopsy, and on November 8, 2005, tumor reduction. I was given the diagnosis of Anaplastic Astrocytoma in the cerebellum. I started a clinical trial at Duke in June of 2006, and am currently still taking part in the trial.

I live in Charleston, WV, with my wife, Kelly, and my two sons, Luke and Logan. I enjoy fishing and camping with my family, and going to Myrtle Beach, SC. I am a member of Big Bottom Missionary Baptist Church, Charleston, WV, and have great faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and feel that he is still using me as a witness to show what the power of prayer can do in a person's life.

I believe that going to Duke for treatment was the best decision for me, and I'm doing well in the clinical trial and continue to improve and have stable MRI's every 8 weeks. When I first contacted Dr. Henry Friedman to look over my medical records, he told me that he had a treatment plan for me and if that didn't work, Duke had a whole arsenal of weapons to fight the cancer. I liked the aggressive approach to treatment, and believe the Lord has led me to Duke so I can continue to get better.

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Hopeful Resources



Maintaining hope is not always easy. In times of crisis, you may need extra support and encouragement from your family, your health care team, and other survivors of brain tumors. Here are some resources that may help you maintain a positive outlook.