My Brain Storm

My Brain Storm

I’m 28 years old and found my brain tumor while in ER the last days of Jan this year and had emergency brain surgery on Feb 4th (I’m exactly 3 months out!!) Was in NYU RUSK Inpatient Rehab for a week, then home before entering KESSLER Rehab in NJ. Today, I am on day 11 (of 42 days!) of chemo/radiation, so far so good. Of course I will add a final blog post to my last day of treatment but below is the link to my blog where I’ve created posts for:

1) Discovery of my brain tumor

2) Emergency surgery

3) Inpatient Rehab

4) Egg Freezing Process (did that one month ago)

5) Week 1 of chemo/radiation

Kristen Stewart | Patient

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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.