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Elgie, Mike

Elgie, Mike

Elgie, Mike

Our 18 year-old son was diagnosed with an astrocytoma in his cerebellum, which affected his balance. In total, he had six neurosurgeries in fifteen months. We would often take him to the cafeteria of whatever hospital (of three) he was in for his favourite treat of ice cream. He was a familiar figure there – tall, red hair often in tufts from being shaved, with stitches hanging out sometimes. He arrived at first in a wheelchair, then with a walker, and eventually a cane and wobbly walk. I brought in this hat to cover his many scars and to make his appearance, to me, more "normal." He would not wear it. He told me his scars did not embarrass him. They were his battle wounds as he called them. He felt he had been chosen to do battle because he was so strong. I once asked him if he ever got angry like I did. He said, "No, I just get bored." He gave the battle his all for fifteen months. He knew when he had fought long enough. Mike’s battle ended October 8, 2001. This hat represents to us his courage and strength and was one of his favourites. His dad and I are pleased to include it in the tour.

– Marg & David Elgie.



 

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