The Glaser Family

It was a trip Suzanne and her family had taken dozens of times. In July 2013, however, the drive home from their annual summer vacation took a detour when Suzanne had her first seizure.

During the summer of 2013, like every summer before it, the Glaser family visited their cottage in Canada and enjoyed a relaxing getaway of kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming. "We were traveling through Buffalo on our way," says Suzanne, a nurse case manager at Southwest General Health Center. "The last thing I remember was saying that I was going to rest for a while."

When she woke at Buffalo General Hospital, Suzanne was dismayed to learn that she had experienced two grand mal seizures while in the car with her family, and two more in the ambulance. "I remember seeing my children crying and I told them I was going to be fine," said Suzanne. Then an MRI delivered unbelievable news: she had two brain tumors on her frontal lobe. She was moved to nearby Rosewell Park Cancer Institute where physicians started her on an anticonvulsant. Four days later, Suzanne was able to continue her trip home to Cleveland with her family with a direct referral to Andrew Sloan, MD, at University Hospitals.

Dr. Sloan, Peter D. Cristal Chair in Neurosurgery and Director of the Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center at UH Cleveland Medical Center, confirmed Suzanne’s diagnosis. Through two successful craniotomies, he removed a low-grade oligodendroglioma, a rare brain tumor affecting cells of the central nervous system, in August and a benign meningioma, the most common type of primary brain tumor, in October of 2013.

In July 2014, the Glaser family resumed their summer tradition. "I feel extremely blessed that just one year later, we had another wonderful vacation," said Suzanne, who continues to have clean MRI scans. "Each day is a gift."