Adrian's Story: Lacing Up For A Cure

Adrian's Story: Lacing Up For A Cure

February 28, 2012 is a day that Adrian Nadeau may not remember well, but it was one that changed his life. It was that day that Adrian learned he had a brain tumour. And now this newly-diagnosed brain tumour patient wants to share his story in support of the May 26 Fredericton Spring Sprint (now Brain Tumour Walk).

Looking back on the circumstances that led to his diagnosis, Adrian doesn’t recall much. “I went to bed one night, and a few days later woke up at the hospital. It was terrifying, coming to and being told I had a brain tumour and that I had had to be put in a coma to protect my body from further damage.”

Adrian hadn’t experienced any symptoms leading up to his diagnosis. It was a seizure while he was sleeping that awoke his wife, Brittany, who then called an ambulance. While Adrian was in his medically-induced coma, his family was told a mass had been identified by a CT scan and MRI. They were confronted with the tough decision to perform a biopsy. The results came back, and Adrian was diagnosed with a non-malignant Astrocytoma on his right frontal lobe.

After his diagnosis, Adrian says he went online and discovered Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. “I wanted to feel like I wasn’t alone, and it was online that I found out about the organization and Spring Sprint. I signed up right away.” Adrian and his family are coming together as Team at this year’s Fredericton walk and fun-run, to connect with others on the journey with the disease, and to raise critical funds for patient programs and brain tumour research across Canada.

Adrian says he hopes he can learn from the other patients and survivors he will meet at the Spring Sprint, as he awaits his treatment plan. He explains, “I felt so alone after my diagnosis, and it helps to know others out there are going through the same thing. I wanted to attach myself to something, to feel a part of something bigger, so here I am, with my family, happy and grateful to support this community and the work towards a cure.”


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