North Haven woman survives brain tumor, joins fight to help others

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MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH)- Hundreds are gathering in Mystic this weekend in the fight against brain tumors. North Haven’s Aisha Khan got the devastating diagnosis about two years ago.

It wasn’t that long ago Khan studied to become a Physician’s Assistant. At graduation, she reminded her peers, “We are just as vulnerable as our patients are and our life can change, just like everyone else’s can.”

She learned just how true that statement is. In the winter of 2013, Khan slipped on some black ice. After that fall, She got a CT scan and a friend noticed something on the scan. She went through four months of consultations and was told she had a brain tumor. She only allowed herself to cry one day.

Khan said, “I remember that day I was very scared. I was scared and depressed.”

The tumor was considered benign, but could grow. She elected to have surgery and said when she woke up, “It was really scary because I was very disoriented when it came to my body. I thought this is really odd. I can see you touching my body, but I don’t recognize it as my body.”

Her right side was paralyzed.

“I just assumed I’ll be walking with in a month and I’ll be ready to interview,” said Khan.

It wasn’t so easy.

“Two months later, I was able to close my hand, but not all the way. So it was a very slow recovery.”

Months of rehab and job interviews she landed the job at the University of Bridgeport and now she’s walking her way to class.

Khan said, “I feel truly blessed and I think having this job on my mind is what got me walking faster.”

“You can tell that she captivates their interest and it also gives them food for thought as they begin their career as a medical professional,” said her colleague Isabel Broderson.

She’s still passing on the same words of wisdom she told her peers at graduation.

“Don’t doubt your patients just like I didn’t doubt myself and I’m here,” said Khan.

To support Khan and other families coping with brain tumors, the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance is hosting a walk in Mystic Oct. 2nd. Registration starts at 8:45AM. News 8’s Stephanie Simoni will be emceeing the event.

To sign up head here:

http://www.ctbta.org/

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