The mask that is screwed into place during radiation

"I don't have time for brain cancer!"

This is about a 24 year old young lady named Lindsay, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in February 2008 at the age of 22 and underwent two surgeries within a nine month period. Just two weeks ago she was given the news that it has crossed over to the other side of her brain and it's time to get more aggressive with radiation and/or chemo. She opted for radiation due to the fact that chemo would be a two year plan and her doctors were worried she didn't have enough body mass to withstand the rigors of chemo. She just completed her first week of radiation today; so far so good (we hear week two gets rough!)

Several nights per week, you can find Lindsay downtown, whether it's Tacoma, Seattle or Portland. She usually shows up with several bags packed with food, hygiene items and under clothes. She's not afraid to spend time talking or just sitting with these people. She wants to hear their story and usually comes home with a heavy heart...but ready to go back out there the next day! Her philosophy is this, "If God wants to do a miracle and take my brain tumors away, that would be awesome! But if that's not the path He has for me, then I'm going to make a difference in as many lives as I can while I'm on this journey!" We were talking the other day and she made this profound statement, "I don't have time for brain cancer!"

Not wanting to forget any of her thoughts, feelings or experiences, she has just begun blogging her journey. Her site is under construction but you can read a few of her entries here Victory at Sea: http://tovictoryatsea.blogspot.com/

After she is finished with her radiation treatments mid-September, the doctors say it takes around six weeks to recover. Once she has regained her strength, she'll be heading to Los Angeles to volunteer at the Dream Center...a program to help get homeless teens off the streets. Her room and board is provided for a small fee of $300 per month which is half of what she receives from Social Security.

I stand in awe of this young woman. Not because she is my daughter, but because she truly is an AMAZING person!

Thanks for reading my story. I don't know how it will end, but nobody knows how their story will end. I do know she encourages me to make it a better one!

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John says ... on Friday, Aug 6 at 5:06 PM

Lindsay sounds like a very amazing young women. I truly hope god does take away the tumors.

Marcy says ... on Saturday, Aug 7 at 9:09 AM

I find this so uplifting. It sound just like my 15 yr old son who is getting ready to start his 6 week radiation treatment next week. Diagnosed w/brain tumor at 10 yr. We have been on an amazing 5 yr journey, 18 mo. of chemo and 6 brain surgeries.

Samantha Cotton says ... on Wednesday, Aug 11 at 7:35 PM

I have the amazing blessing to have this girl in my life. Since we were 12, she has been a source of joy and inspiration and a wonderful companion to have over the last 13 years! Here's to you Lou!!!

Cheryl Kirkham ~ says ... on Wednesday, Aug 11 at 8:56 PM

I have the pleasure of being Lindsay's aunt. She is both beautiful inside as well as her outer beauty. Has an amazing outlook on life. Ready to take on whatever she is dealt. Love you Lindsay : )) x

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Aug 12 at 1:05 PM

May God bless you through all this..he has a plan for you so keep yor faith dear one your ok as long as you believe in our LORD..peace comfort and his healing hand be with you

MzPicasso says ... on Friday, Aug 27 at 4:35 PM

An absolute wonderous woman!!.....Please, will someone let me know where i can donate to her and her cause.....

4lindsay says ... on Friday, Aug 27 at 6:16 PM

MsPicasso ~ Thank you so much for wanting to do that! You can send me (her mom) an email at dianne.hamre@gmail.com and I'll get you the info. Thanks again!

HELEN-- says ... on Thursday, Sep 30 at 8:38 PM

I WAS GIVEN TWO MONTHS THIS SEPT 13--I'M STILL DOING WELL CONSEDERING --I WILL PRAY FOR THE YOUNG LADY--HONEY, PLEASE PRAY FOR INNER PEACE--IT WILL HELP SO VERY MUCH--I WAS A WORRY TYPE-I BELIEVE GOD HAS GIVEN ME -SURE I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE FURTURE

Melinda says ... on Sunday, Apr 3 at 1:37 PM

I just wanted to wish u luck on your journey, my daughter was diagnosed at 13 with brain and spinal cord tumors. She is 19 now, and in harbor view as we speak for her second resection. She has that same mask on her wall, except it's pink. Good luck!

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Apr 3 at 1:42 PM

Don't stop believing!! and then BELIEVE, BELIEVE, BELIEVE, BELIEVE you are healthy I'm quite certain God has a amazing plan for you and your life...your story will be a inspiration to many!!! Prayers of 100 %health to you!!

Susan says ... on Sunday, Apr 3 at 2:34 PM

I've done the radiation mask thing -- NOT fun. But I'd choose it over two years of chemo too. Also, it was more like six MONTHS (not weeks) before I felt myself again.Good work, young woman and love, light and strength to you!

David says ... on Monday, Apr 4 at 1:50 PM

Lindsay: You have my compassion and prayers. David

FromDrugDealerToTheLord says ... on Monday, Apr 4 at 5:06 PM

Way to go girl. People like you are a rarity lady. It amazes me that someone can still love the Lord and seek to honor him with your actions.

racors says ... on Monday, Apr 4 at 5:24 PM

Lindsay you are a great person inspite of your condition you are able to helpout other people. our GOD always be there to Love you, comfort you.

Cheryl says ... on Monday, Apr 4 at 7:06 PM

What an extraordinary young woman. I think, Lindsey, who you are makes us want to be better people too. Bless you and God grant you recovery and good health for the rest of your life!

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