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Deborah B.

Deborah B.

  • Diagnosed with: Glioblastoma
  • Location: New York
  • Navigator: Cathy French
Cathy French was our angel, a shoulder to lean on.  We could not have gotten through this without her. I am still astounded by the total accessibility of Cathy and her colleagues. It was so comforting for me to talk to a professional nurse for advice and solace at any time.”

Told by mother of patient

My beautiful 42-year-old daughter had a seizure and was diagnosed with Glioblastoma via biopsy at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island. Seeking state of the art, cutting-edge treatment and care, we moved her treatment to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  We soon realized that our options were limited since there is no cure for this terrible disease.  

Our desperate quest for information, help, and guidance was about to begin.  I sought help from agencies all over the New York metropolitan area and beyond. It wasn’t until I connected with the Brain Tumor Network (BTN) that Deborah and I felt rescued. Nurse Navigator, Cathy French, immediately arranged for me to gather Deborah’s voluminous medical records to facilitate submission for clinical trials.

BTN helped make it possible for Deborah and me to travel to Duke University to explore treatment possibilities. They helped me understand the choices that were available to us with their remarkable resources, knowledge and experience.

Cathy French was our angel, a shoulder to lean on. We could not have gotten through this without her. I am still astounded by the total accessibility of Cathy and her colleagues. It was so comforting for me to talk to a professional nurse for advice and solace at any time.

I would like everyone to know that the remarkable staff at the Brain Tumor Network helped me survive a seemingly impossible and devastating situation. We feel indebted to your team. You opened your hearts to me and Deborah as we navigated this difficult journey, and I love and thank you all!