Skyla Owens, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor four years ago, and her mother Julie Long talk about how cancer has and hasn't changed their lives.
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Julia Long: Skyla was diagnosed with a brain tumor four years ago and we are here today with a brain tumor awareness organization to help, educate and to bring people into, inform them about our calls. How has cancer has changed your life? Julia Long: It was changed in every way it possible. We had a lot of fun with our brain tumor diagnosis, early, I think we have. We get to see what life is actually, where as a lot of people are just too busy going through their life without ever stopping to think about how precious life actually is. We got a lot of fun, haven't we? Skyla Owens: actually we have -- Julia Long: But we've got a lot of fun. Skyla Owens: We have got a lot of fun I think. Julia Long: We've had a damn points, she had three solid years of Chemotherapy, the last year was by-far the hardest. What was Chemotherapy like for you? Skyla Owens: In a nutshell it makes you really sick. So I was either asleep or in the bathroom. How have your friends reacting to everything? Skyla Owens: They see me through everything, so it's good. Julia Long: They don't treat her any differently. She is still the same Skyla, always has been and always will be. They came to the hospital and piled into the bed and made jokes and drove our nurses completely entirely addict . Skyla Owens: Yes. How will the money raised from the Jerry Zucker Ride For Hope benefit the community? Julia Long: The level are for brain tumor awareness actually needs to be equal if not above breast cancer research in my opinion. Because so many people are affected by brain tumors and it's just kind of shoved under the rug in comparison to lot of the other cancers and the research there is not enough I mean there is never enough. You got over 150 different types of brain tumors and you've got a handful of clinical trials going on at any given time for any type of brain tumor, but it's never enough. There is never one trial for every type of tumor and it's just we need it, we've got to have more, we got to have more people logged in, more funding to cover those trials and till that people know what's going on. Are you cancer free? Julia Long: Not really she actually want up the 9th of this month and we are actually in the mist of our fifth regrowth of our tumor. So we are -- Skyla Owens: It's nothing big. Julia Long: It's nothing big. Skyla Owens: Yes I am used to it, it's all good. Julia Long: One you've gone through it once it's time really is -- it's no big deal. Skyla Owens: Life is the being good. Where do you get your positive attitude? Skyla Owens: There is no other way to look at because if you look at it on a down side you just going to be gloomy all the time. And if you perky and happy, hi life is good. Julia long: If you don't spend all your time focusing and worrying about a brain tumor you just, you got to get out you got to go, there more to life and just sprang to it. There is a transitional phase where you go from your old normal life to your new your normal life. We have been there and we done that. We passed all the days and waking up at 8 O'clock in the morning doing nothing but research until 12 clock at night. We are passed out we are to the point where we live our life, the first thing in the morning is not brain tumor and the last thing in night is not brain tumors.
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