Katy Perry Honors the Teen Who Roared

Olivia Wise’s story can be followed from Teenager with Brain Cancer “Roars” (the YouTube video that started it all) to Roar Back (Katy Perry’s YouTube video response) to Olivia Wise will “Roar” no more (the news of her death).

The apparent last step in this saga is a story about how Katy Perry honored Olivia Wise.  Her tweet was literally short and sweet and reflects the amazing impact this special teen had.  The reason I say apparent is that I believe that Oliva’s inspiration will continue for years to come.

KP tweet

I think that if you close your eyes and listen closely, you will also be able to hear Olivia singing with the angels.  God bless.


Health Insurance Companies and the Ethics of Health Care…You Ain’t Gonna Believe This!

Health Insurance Companies and the Ethics of Health Care…You Ain’t Gonna Believe This!.


This post from Chuck Gallagher’s blog is an important read for all brain tumor patients and family members.   

Olivia Wise will “Roar” no more

Olivia Wise

It is sad news whenever a battle with a brain tumor is lost, but this loss is a bit more acute. Teenager Olivia Wise captured everyone’s attention when her cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar” took YouTube by storm.  Soon thereafter, Katy Perry “Roared” back with her own video message.

Sadly, Olivia passed away November 25, 2013, at the age of 16 and will roar no more. However, her roar will echo for quite some time and those of us remaining behind need to pick up her roar and demand a cure for brain tumors.

God bless you Olivia

Be Thankful in All Circumstances


For people with brain tumors, the idea of being thankful even though they have a brain tumor may certainly seem foreign.  I am certainly not the man with all the answers, but I do think the attitude is worth considering, if not following.  The little saying in the photo is perhaps one way to move to a thankful attitude.  Now, I do understand that there will be some in the brain tumor community who cannot imagine any set of circumstance that could be worse, and I, in no way, have any intention of offending you.

So, why do I like this statement and the idea of being thankful in all circumstances?  For me, one of the “side effects” of having a brain tumor is that it is far too easy to become self-absorbed.  After all, you take note of just about anything, from a headache to a stumble to a forgotten word.  The cost of this is (and my case has been) a certain level of withdrawal from friends and family; becoming distant and not fully engaged.  Of course, faltering relationships adds to an already stressful situation.

Will attempting to achieve a thankful attitude may present a challenge that you cannot meet, it will help turn your focus outward for a period of time.  In other words, when you begin contemplating the people who would be willing to trade spots with you, your focus, by necessity shifts outward instead of inward.  Give it a try.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Third #BrainTumorThursday campaign in November


We have been so spoiled by the huge successes of the last 2+ months that a downturn is an unexpected event, but to think that it is a horrible outcome would be a mistake.  First, let’s do the numbers for this week’s campaign: Impacts (deliveries to people’s timelines): about 16.5M; Participants:nearing 1600, and Tweets: nearing 2500. #BrainTumorThursday campaigns,  The key number to take comfort in is that the number of participants was up this week, which many think is the most important number.

The month to date total impacts are well are about 130M, with participants of 3500+

Now, here a few of those whom I consider to be superstars for this week’s  #BrainTumorThursday campaign (in no particular order at all). They have been selected for either contribution a high number of tweets or a high number of Impacts.

Celebrating #BrainTumorThursday for week two of November 2013

ImageA few our the wonderful #BrainTumorThursday supporters.  Every week should be a celebration

The numbers  for this week’s campaign: Impacts (deliveries to people’s timelines): 47M+; Participants: well over 1500, and Tweets: well over 2500.   #BrainTumorThursday campaigns, However, since there are many tweets tagged with #BrainTumorThursdat that fall outside of each weekly campaign, it is worth noting that our month to date total impacts are well over  62M;

Normally, its her that I put all my disclaimers, but I’m tired of that, so I’ll just refer you to an earlier post for them.

Now, here a few of those who I consider to be superstars for this #BraintumorThursday campaign (in no particular order at all).  They have been selected for either contribution a high number of tweets or a high number of Impacts.

Global Appeal of #BrainTumorThursday ?

It is quite interesting to see the places from which this blog has been viewed this year.  I certainly hope that all who stopped by found what they were looking for.

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