I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in my 20s. Over the years, doctors would monitor it with an MRI. In late 2016, the scan came back that the tumor was changing. Shortly after, I had my biopsy and was diagnosed with a WHO grade II Oligodendroglioma on my right front temporal lobe. I had a resection to remove as much of the tumor as they could. I had a spinal fluid leak and had to return for another emergency brain surgery to fix it. I ended up back in the hospital for a lumbar puncture to drain fluid from my brain. After several infections, vertigo, and migraines, I recovered. I have some long-lasting side effects from the ordeal, but I am grateful to be alive.
I really believe in treating others with kindness because you never know what they are going through. My outward appearance shows that I am a healthy individual, and for the most part, I am, but you don't see chronic pain, short-term memory loss, vision loss, and vertigo.
Every year in May, I look for graphics to support brain cancer awareness month. I found stuff, but I decided to make a set of graphics this year. I hope to help raise awareness and practice my illustration skills with this personal project.
I will also have other cancer graphics coming later in the year to support bladder and kidney cancers. My dad, Robert Roberson, lost his life on July 1, 2017, to bladder cancer. My mother, Patrica Roberson, lost her life on October 26, 2018, to kidney cancer.
Grey In May
graphics coming in 2023