A revelation at 30

Yesterday was my 30th birthday, and as you’d expect, it has prompted me to do some re-evaluating of my outlook on life.

MRI Pre-Op Showing Cancer 10/4/2014
MRI Pre-Op Showing Cancer 10/4/2014

Many people will know that I suffered from a brain tumour in April 2014. It’s pretty safe to say that NOTHING has been the same since, and I want that to stop.

Essentially, I’m currently showing no residual signs of disease and I’ve decided that instead of surrounding myself in negative thoughts and wallowing in the pool of brain tumour stuff, that I’m absolutely going to try and break free and move on with my life.

In terms of what this means, I intend to reduce my commitment to Cancer charities – I found myself getting far too deep in to these and it’s hard to be positive in these environments, especially when I put so much of me and my story in to fundraising and awareness etc. I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved in this area, but for my own life, I need to move on. I may return to this in the future, but for now, I need the space to move-on.

Ultimately, I don’t want to be known as “the guy with the brain tumour” – largely how people seem to think of me at work and presumably on social media. With this label comes a lot of negativity – I want my image to be one of massive positivity, so anything that I can do to remove the shackles of this tag, I will absolutely pursue!

The future is insanely positive, and in less than three weeks I get to marry the love of my life, Max, and he deserves this to be put to bed as much as I do – he’s been an absolute rock throughout.

Hopefully this isn’t seen as selfish, as I’m incredibly proud of my contribution to furthering brain tumour/cancer research, support and awareness through my actions and story. I now just need the freedom to focus on my job, my house and my wonderful soon-to-be-husband.

Only a mother, and I, could possibly love this face! 😉

About Gari

Northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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