Matthew's Story

Matthew's Story

On November 9, 2011, I had my first grand-mal seizure. I was on vacation with my wife and son visiting her mother in Labrador. I was rushed to the hospital where I had a CT scan. The doctors found what they described as a "growth" on my brain.  

On March 27, 2012, I went in for my first surgery. I was diagnosed with a grade 1 glioma. After fighting with daily seizures for most of the year, I was sent to the Montreal Neurological. After a week on the epilepsy ward, I was told that I would be returning for a second surgery. 
 
I had my second surgery in January 2013. After another long surgery, I was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma
Our miracle babyStage III Brain cancer.
 
After going through radiation and chemotherapy, I have been stable since January 2014. I still have a small amount of tumour, but it is stable. 
 
I have been on many medications to battle my sezuries, but the best one has been my Medicinal Cannabis. Since I started on it, I have not had a single seizure. *knock on wood*
 
On October 26, 2015, my wife and I welcomed our second son into this world. I was told that I may never have kids again, yet here he is. Our little miracle baby.
  
This story has been published "In Your Words".  What Matthew has not mentioned in this story, is that he is instrumental behind bringing the 1st Annual Brain Tumour Walk to Yellowknife!  

We thank you Matthew for your passion and purpose as a volunteer!  

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