The Faces of Brain Cancer
Three survivors of brain cancer similar to that affecting Sen. Edward Kennedy tell how they're coping.
Sara Bennett, 60, office supply store employee, Elyria, Ohio. Diagnosed
May 7 with left temporal lobe glioblastoma.
In her work for a large chain office supply store, Sara shows customers how
the machines work. "I never had any problem when a customer was coming in to
make a purchase. I could tell them anything about the product."
Suddenly, that changed. "I'd be explaining a printer to a customer and
halfway through the conversation, I'd lose my thought, I couldn't explain
Beginning in March 2008, she began to notice daily headaches, not typical
By early May, she took a week off and got herself a thorough physical, a CT
scan, and an MRI.
Her doctor then sent her to the Cleveland Clinic, where she got the bad
She underwent surgery in early May, and then during a checkup in the
doctor's office had seizures. Looking back, she realizes she had suffered
seizures while working at the computer.
Soon, she will start radiation and chemo.
A widow who lost her husband in 1999 and has eight grown children, she is
still in good spirits."I don't get down, I don't let myself get down. It's like
I have an inner peace. The doctors and everyone I have talked to have been very
honest. They have explained things 100 percent."
Her religious faith helps keep her calm, she says. What also helps? She is
convinced that "my husband has been watching out for me. That may sound strange
to some people."
But she believes it is true.
Kennedy's strength -- some of it, unfortunately, from dealing with so many
family tragedies -- will keep him going, Sara says. "He seems to have a very