Even though I was aware that John McCain, Beau Biden, and Ted Kennedy were victims of brain cancer, a year ago I would not have been able to identify the terms— glioblastoma, glio, or GBM. These medical words had no meaning. It was not until Ira’s diagnosis last July that I became cognizant of the serious ramifications of glioblastoma. After Ira’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2010, my focus was on issues that may arise after a TBI. Simultaneously, we increased both our active adventures and worldwide travels. Most of these earlier journeys were shared on this website. (PDF versions of my professional travel writing stories are on The Traveling Bornsteins website.) Brain cancer was not on our radar.
I will never forget the day we received the news at Foothills Hospital in Boulder. An MRI scan detected a five-centimeter mass on Ira’s right temporal lobe. The radiologist, the primary care doctor, and the hospital’s neurosurgeon were certain it was glioblastoma. None were offering much hope. Glioblastoma is referred to as an incurable, terminal cancer. The mortality rate is terrifying. Read More