History:My name is Beth and I was treated for a benign brain stem glioma in 1985. I'm amazed that I'm still alive & breathing since I have so many side-effects. However, I'm grateful to still be here.
Many years, decades in fact, have passed since my treatment and I never came across anyone who has had the same health experiences as myself. I wanted to meet a survivor who had a benign brain tumor. I was always led to brain cancer whenever I did an online search for benign brain tumors and started becoming very discouraged.
I decided that I wanted a website for benign brain tumor survivors. I thought that it would be fantastic to go to only one website and be able to meet and chat with other survivors who can understand your experiences, your side-effects, your world.
I'd like to thank my friend and Junior High School prom date, Lee Semel, for inspiring me to start a website. I also would like to thank my dad. We haven't always been so close, but we have connected a lot since I've started this website. He has been a constant support with all of the information that I'm trying to share about my, or anyone else's, benign brain tumor experience. Without question, my mom has been there for me throughout my entire brain tumor experience. She offered to shave her head during my radiation treatment when I was losing my hair, made that summer of radiation treatment more like a vacation, and spent thirteen years taking me to the ER for my untreated facial pain ( Trigeminal Neuralgia). I would have had no will to live if it wasn't for her. I'm alive today because of her dedication and love. Thank you for always being there for me.
(This Article Reprinted from InCommon - The News and Information Bulletin of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary)
|Beth Rosenthal '95 with her father at a fundraiser|
Beth Rosenthal '95 is using her own medical challenges as a springboard for helping others. Diagnosed with a benign brain tumor at the age of 11, Beth endured surgeries, radiation, and decades of pain, yet managed to obtain a degree in sociology from Moravian in 1995.
In 2008, she decided to do what she could to help other survivors of benign brain tumors. She launched the website ItsJustBenign.org to help survivors and dispel common misconceptions about benign brain tumors. In January 2010, the organization officially qualified as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit (making donations tax-deductible).
"There really isn't anything else out there for survivors," she said. "My mission is to provide support for our members worldwide, especially by providing peace of mind to those recently diagnosed.
"Educating the general population about the consequences is another goal. People don't understand that adult survivors often face long term psychological, social, and career challenges." Rosenthal hopes to eventually have a team of specialists available to offer full support to other survivors.
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