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BY Deanna Kotrla

In May 2017, my 20-year-old daughter Brooke came home after her college finals with increasing headaches, vision problems and some strange “feelings” that we couldn’t explain. To make a long story short, we ended up in the ER the day after Memorial Day. An MRI showed a large mass creating a lot of pressure in her brain. Within hours, we were at MD Anderson, and within days, Dr. Frederick Lang was performing the 11-hour awake craniotomy...

Brain tumor survivor Brooke Kotrla, left, with her mother and caregiver Deanna