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Nirmala B.

  • Diagnosed with: Meningioma
  • Location: California
  • Navigator: Cathy French
A comforting source of expertise. A ready place for the latest research as well as practical tips. A friendly voice who is quick to respond and patient in listening to patients’ anxieties. The Brain Tumor Network has been all of these things for me.”

Told by caregiver/significant other of patient

A comforting source of expertise. A ready place for the latest research as well as practical tips. A friendly voice who is quick to respond and patient in listening to patients’ anxieties. The Brain Tumor Network has been all of these things for me.

A brain tumor brings with it so many perplexing issues, including many questions that lack clear-cut answers from health providers. My surgeon, nurse practitioner, and neurologist were all talented and compassionate, but the Brain Tumor Network provided that essential last layer of nuanced understanding and reassurance.

Cathy French, one of its navigators, instantly became indispensable with her candid guidance. Whenever she didn’t have a ready fact, she would conduct follow-up homework and share her discoveries with me. She also worked actively to connect me with a nationally renowned neurosurgeon for a second opinion during a critical time in my case.

The network has provided each of these services free of charge. As a bonus, Cathy has been unfailingly upbeat and caring. I hope she and the network will be able to help more and more patients in the years to come. Thank you!