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Thank you for visiting our website. First, I would like to introduce myself and explain the journey that life has sent me on over the past two years. My name is Rachael, I am a 28 year old female with a brain tumor. I first learned about my brain tumor after suffering horrible headaches and extreme fatigue for 4 months in the summer of 2010. Most people get headaches and an aspirin or 2 will alleviate the condition. In my case, a super size bottle of Excedrin every two weeks hardly allowed me to get out of bed in the morning. By month four I finally got myself in to see my doctor, who prescribed me a migraine drug called Immitrex, told me to get my eyes checked and scheduled an MRI, just in case. The Immitrex made me nauseous, I got glasses and the MRI revealed a tumor the size of a large orange growing in my brain. 
I can clearly remember lying in the MRI at Beverly Hospital in Danvers, MA. I could see the operator through a mirror located above my head and was slightly confused when I noticed her place her two hands up to her mouth as if she were frightened, gasping as if she'd just seen a ghost. My boyfriend, Jedd was with me on November 1, 2010, the day of this first frightening MRI scan. We were directed to go back to the doctor’s office from the hospital immediately after the scan finished. We sat in the waiting room for what seemed like days. Still unsure of what was going on and exhausted from Halloween night in Salem, we were totally shocked when my doc revealed that there was a large “mass” growing in my brain. 
She explained everything as delicately and in detail as she possibly could to get the point across and Jedd and I absorbed and understood that my life was about to get turned upside down.  Of course, my first thought was that I was dying and I wanted to do all the fun things that people who realize that life is ending want to do. Once I got hold of my emotions and got on the phone with my parents though, it came clear to me, we would take one day at a time. Those would be the words I would live by. One day at a time. By the third day I was in the OR at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center having a craniotomy to remove what was trying to take over my brain.

A glimpse at the scar left after surgery #1 to remove a brain tumor from the right frontal lobe of Rachael's brain

Now, two years later, I am still battling to defeat the tumor in my brain. My goal is to be treated this year at the Burzynski Clinic. I am excited about this treatment given its success rate, lack of side effects and progressive approach. Thank you for visiting this site and supporting my efforts to beat this brain tumor once and for all!

                                                                                                                                         

                  Rachael before diagnosis, modeling in Bali                                   Rachael with her neurosurgeon post op,  surgery #2