I’m Fueling Hope: Sharon Mottola
When Sharon Mottola first underwent treatment for a meningioma brain tumor in 2012, she was fortunate to experience minimal complications and her recovery progressed rapidly. Less than three months later, Sharon was back working full-time. In fact, because the tumor was thought to be slow-growing, Sharon’s neurosurgeon ordered follow-up MRIs every five years — a longer interval than many patients are prescribed.
Having returned to a normal routine, with the confidence engendered by the liberal follow-up requirement, and experiencing no symptoms similar to what precipitated her first diagnosis, Sharon went for her first five-year follow-up MRI in 2018 “without a care in the world.” She walked out, however, with the diagnosis of another meningioma tumor.
Treatment with radiation has shrunk the new tumor, but unfortunately not all of it was eliminated. She now gets MRI follow-ups every year. She also spends much of her free time giving back to the brain tumor community.
Sharon created a team, Mo-Over Brain Tumors, joined the volunteer planning committee for the Charlotte Brain Tumor Race (now the Carolinas Brain Tumor Race), and has been a fixture at the event since it first began in 2013 – even serving as its chair for a year.
Sharon is FUELING HOPE using their voices to provide support and advance the needs of brain tumor patients, caregivers, and survivors.
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