Eva Coenen [Netherlands]
twenty years ago I was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands. I was raised
together with my brother by my mum and dad and until I was in my first
year of high school all went well.
that year I started to have headaches and was feeling nauseous. After a
few months, I was 12 years old at that time, I was diagnosed with a brain
tumour. The type of tumour I had was relatively ‘benign’: I only
needed surgery twice and could go home within a couple of weeks to start
rehabilitation. Soon after I started back at school and followed a couple
of lessons each day. In the end of the year I even managed to go to second
this whole episode my parents and I joined the Dutch Childhood Cancer
Parent Organization (VOKK) and over the years I grew more involved in the
survivor-sibling-support-group. Two years ago the international survivor
network met for the first time. After this first meeting the survivors
asked the ICCCPO to be able to meet the next year in Porto too. I went to
both meetings and learned a lot from what is done in other countries.
international survivor network is important, in my opinion, for all
survivors and children currently in treatment. By viewing this website
you’ll be able to compare facilities provided in different countries
organized by ICCCPO- member organizations. These options might give you
ideas you set up a support-group in your own country. Or you feel like
writing with someone with somewhat the same experiences. Good luck with
your journey through this website and your life.
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