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Keeping the Faith

Tiffany Crowe pic



Submitted by:
Curtis Conrad Schabath and Nestelynn Gay

FOUR times in 11 years. That statistic, for someone from the time they are 18 to 29, usually applies how many different hairstyles they will try. For Tiffany, it was how many times she would hear, “You have a brain tumor.”. The average person, would’ve said, “Four strikes and I’m outta here ependymoma, hit the showers brain!”. Yet, Tiffany, she doesn’t believe in striking out, in the fight against cancer. Imagine being this bright and beautiful young woman on the midst of finishing high school and being nervously excited for college. Now have that interrupted by brain surgery to remove a tumor the size of a hand-sport ball or small fruit. This wasn’t fun or enjoyable but “fortunately”, this happened to a bright and beautiful young woman who would have so much heart that she continued right onto Western Michigan University. This would be first test she passed, even before heading off to college. Not one, but two, brain tumors during one of the most important parts of a young adult’s life could stop her. She had proved she could handle anything, and handle anything she would. This is because, in May of 2016, she would get the news for a third time that the brain tumor was back. After impressively bouncing back from a craniotomy followed by tackling chemo and radiation at the same time, Tiffany continued a positive outlook while striving to educate and help so many others. Fast forward to this summer, looking at what would hopefully be her last month of chemo ever, and getting to all the things she put off during treatment… that ependymoma popped up just enough to put a wrench in those plans but not a wrench in her outlook on life. More determined than ever Tiffany is making big changes, staying positive and upbeat, and just within a few days out of surgery she was all ready to get back to where she left off before her surgery. We don’t know how she does it, but we admire her ongoing strength and how she never loses faith in life and in finding a cure.