Hi! I am Noelle! I am in the fourth grade and am 9 1/2 years old. I’ll be 10 this year of 2011. My brother, Nicholas, had his brain tumor discovered in 2008. He’s the sweetest boy ever. He is 11 years old now. In the summer, a lot of times I go to therapy with him. We sometimes use these things called “T” stools and also little carts that we have to pull ourselves on using just our arms. On occasion I go to speech therapy with him. In occupational therapy, we play games and help him relearn to button a coat. One time, we went on a big square swing and swung around very high. Sometimes other kids stare or ask what is wrong with Nicholas; I let them know he had a brain tumor. I also tell them how smart he is, especially at spelling and that he cannot help the way his body works right now. I tell them Nicholas is working very very hard every day to get his body to work properly. My mom says his tumor caused a lot of his body functions to go off line. She said he is trying to get his brain to communicate the right way with his body. At home, I help to keep him happy and make him laugh, even though he is the happiest person I know! I read to him, and as my mother says, “Remind him how to be a kid.” For the last few years, I have done the “playing” for him when he was not able to do it himself. His tumor took away his ability to do so many things, even playing and speaking. I help communicate Nicholas’ needs. I also do things like make up little characters to play with and huge forts that we can hide in!! He really likes these. We used to ride the bus together and go to the same school before his tumor took full effect. I miss not riding the bus with him and not going to the same school with him. He goes to Suwanee now because they have better medical care. He is very smart and I wish his tumor had chosen someone else to take the tumor. He is the Best Big Brother Ever!! When we go on vacations, I entertain him while we travel. Our favorite show is Sponge Bob and we like to play with cars. Nicholas laughs and doesn’t even mind when I entertain him with my dolls. Nicholas is amazing and his mind is bigger than the Earth, Moon, Jupiter, Sun and the miles it takes to get there. If I had to choose between Nicholas recovering completely and Disney World, I’d choose him immediately! Again, I’m Noelle McIntyre and there’s more to my story, but for now I’m just giving you a initial glimpse. Bye!
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