22 Jan 8 Rediscovering Life After a Brain Tumor
8 Rediscovering Life After a Brain Tumor
Imagine only seeing a single number. Everywhere you look, all you can see is eight. You can't spell your name. You can only draw a circle. You can't add two plus three.
This was Nathalie Jacob's life after an invasive brain surgery.
Nathalie hadn't realized anything was wrong. She held a high-level job as a marketing executive and was discussing beginning a family with her husband when the doctors gave her the bad news. She had an intraventricular meningioma. She would need brain surgery.
In the aftermath of the operation, Nathalie experienced everything like a small child. She had to relearn how to do the simplest of tasks. In this inspirational memoir, Nathalie captures her unique delight at the simple wonders of life. She also candidly discusses some of the tragic consequences of the surgery and how she found a place of healing in the midst of all the negative news. Nathalie includes a chapter written by her husband and directed toward caretakers of patients in the same situation.
Nathalie's memoir offers valuable insight into a complicated recovery process and shows the strength you can find in the darkest of circumstances.
Nathalie Jacob, IE Alumni, was raised in Colombia, went to high school in France, and later moved to the United States. She is trilingual in English, Spanish, and French. She studied business administration at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and received her master’s in business administration from IE. She spent ten years working in high-level marketing jobs for Fortune 500 companies in five different countries. In her spare time, she enjoyed sailing and won several national championships.The aftereffects of a brain surgery left Nathalie disabled and unable to work. She has done three voluntary jobs since, until the birth of her first child. She is now focusing on being the best mother she can be to her baby daughter, Nicole.