Aleksandra's Story

Aleksandra's Story

Hi to all of you my dear friends!

I been diagnosed with epidermoid brain cyst/tumor close to my basilar artery and I want to share my story with the hope that I may help somebody – and we can together change the future.

I had been having a low-grade fever for more than 6 years and “flu flare” every 2-3 months. I had been to between 30-40 doctors in Burlington but all of them told me same story, “you have stress and anxiety.” I tried to explain my other symptoms but nobody was really interested in hearing my story. So yes, I do have anxiety and severe depression but this was not a reason for those symptoms.

When I almost lost all my hope, Doctor Mike Rena was only one who listen all I have to say and who really believed everything I was telling him, so he send me for an MRI in December 2012.

Shortly after my MRI, I got a call from the clinic with a new MRI appointment and then I knew something was wrong. On January, 2013 I went to the MRI and after they took some images I had to sign a form because I was being given ‘contrast IV’.

I I didn’t have any idea that I was in for more than two hours of this MRI! The next day I immediately went to see my doctor (Mike) but he was not there, so I called the hospital and ask them to fax my MRI results to other doctor who was on duty in the same clinic. I knew Doctor Mike worked the next day, but I was so afraid and couldn’t wait another day for the results.

When the doctor came into my room and start reading my report I started crying, because I did not except to have a brain tumour. He hugged me and told me not to worry. In that moment I was a mix of emotions: afraid,disappointed and confused.

The next time I saw Dr. Mike, he arranged a visit with a neurosurgeon in Hamilton and he told me to sleep well and not to worry .I thank him for everything and I told him, I believe that he was put on earth to help people…

I have a scheduled appointment to see the neurosurgeon in Hamilton on February 14, 2013 and I am looking forward to finding more about my condition. I will be thankful all my life to Dr. Mike.

My message to everyone is, please listen your body and don’t give up because you are the only one who can feel if something is wrong. If they told you, you are okay and you feel different…go everyday if you need until you find somebody who will listen and who is willing to help you. Do not give up!!!!

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