Cancer: Brain Cancer
"We keep searching for waves and happiness, trying to live our lives to the fullest every day."
My name is Philippe Roose and I am 31 years old. I’ve now had an unhealable form of brain cancer for five years. When I first heard the news, it felt like my whole world collapsed. I was only 27 and had my own construction business, which I eventually had to leave. It took me about one year to realize that I didn’t want to wait on my own death. So, my girlfriend and I bought a camper-van and started traveling the world. Up until that point, I was already athletic, but this new perspective inspired me to learn how to surf. Since then, I’ve never looked back. The frequent adrenaline rush and being able to be one with nature gives me the positive power I need to process everything. After my diagnosis, my girlfriend and I decided to get married because before and after my diagnosis, she’s always been my rock. Every time I have a new scan it’s very scary, but I know the best thing to do is to just keep fighting. With the shelter of our camper and the company of our dog Balou, we keep searching for waves and happiness, trying to live our lives to the fullest every day.