Danka and Mike's Story

Danka and Mike's Story

On September 12, 2013, life as we knew it changed forever. My husband Mike was taken to the hospital with stroke-like symptoms.I arrived at the hospital and was told he was being taken to the hospital in Pembroke. A friend drove me to the Pembroke hospital. In the ambulance, on the way to Pembroke, Mike had a seizure. He had another one in the emergency dept. at the Pembroke hospital. He was taken for a CAT scan.

We then had a video conference with a doctor from Sunnybrook Hospital. He informed us that there was a lesion in the front left lobe of Mike’s brain. There was also a lot of swelling around the lesion.

He informed us that Mike didn’t have a stroke…you don’t have seizures with a stroke. We were then sent to the Ottawa Civic Hospital by ambulance. The next day Mike had an MRI. We have a very close-knit family so everyone was in the emergency cubicle with us when the resident came in and told us that it was a glioblastoma, grade 4 tumour. She apologized for the bad news and left. It was surreal…what the heck just happened?

Mike was put on steroids to reduce the swelling around the tumour and was put on anti-seizure medications. He had surgery on September 18th. He was awake thoughout the surgery. The surgeon removed 90% of the tumour.

Mike recovered very well from surgery. His speech is good again. When he tires he slurs a bit. He also knows what he wants to say but sometimes just can’t get the word out of his mouth. He finds that frustrating. Today marks three weeks of radiation and chemo (by pill). Three weeks left to go. Mike has tolerated both very well. He’s tired but that’s all.

We were told about the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada by the surgeon. We are so happy to have found this organization that has provided us with so much information and support. We went to our first Brain Tumour Support Group meeting last night. That was the best decision we’ve made. It’s great to talk to others that are in the same or similar position.

Although the future is very uncertain, we are grateful to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada for being there for us and a whole lot of others. With the help of family, friends and the foundation, we will move forward with a lot of support and knowledge. Support and research is so important and the funds donated to the organization will make a difference to a lot of people down the road.

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