138 Days

138 Days

138 DAYS

That's how long a husband, father and grampa lasted - 138 days from diagnosis to death!
 
A healthy, active, hard working man, he never missed a day from work. A yearly cold was all he ever was sick with in the 30 years we had been together. He was only 61 years of age when a brain tumour ruined so many lives. His name was Ken the love of my life, the father of our sons Spencer and Josh and proud grampa of Liam.
 
August 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm, a Sunday, a seizure occurred. Patient wide awake throughout the seizure. Paramedics thought it was heart or stroke related. A CT scan revealed PRIMARY GRADE 4 MALIGNANT BRAIN TUMOUR! Disbelief, fear, numbness set in. Ken never had a headache, one of the symptoms. Ken never had a headache, never took so much as an aspirin - he had never been sick. In a matter of weeks he'd had brain surgery at Hamilton General, which couldnt remove the entire tumour. He had rounds of chemo and radiation (21 out of 30 sessions) completed at Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton - 21 daily trips back and forth from St Catharines to Hamilton. Thankful for the wonderful friends: Daun, Jim, Ryan, our sons, Clare, who drove Ken to treatment when I just couldn't. Such a stressful, agonizing 138 days. Once chemo and radiation started the first few weeks were manageable, then the start of repeated visits to our local emergency department, poor Ken in agony from the side effects. Finally after our 10th visit to emerg, a wonderful, empathic ER doctor, Dr Hatcher ordered a CT scan. Sure enough the "disease" had already spread and there was "significant" swelling in the brain. Treatments were not working. Wednesday October 28, 2015 Ken had his last chemo and radiation treatment. Friday November 6, 2015, Ken was admitted to 4th floor at St Catharines hospital in palliative care with the hope of transferring to hospice.
 
63 days later, after being bedridden and unable to speak or function, our brave, loving husband, father and grampa took his last breath and passed away on Friday January 8, 2016.
 
138 days in which this horrid, unfeeling brain tumour took over Ken's life. Ken listened to the "experts", did everything, took whatever was suggested and through it all Ken never had a chance!
 
Our family is lost and broken. Our family and friends had HOPE for 138 days, not long enough. Our pain never leaves us.
 
Ken the husband, father, grampa, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and most of all a special friend is gone but will never, ever be forgotten!
Thank you to Sharon for sharing Ken's Story.  He may be gone, but will not be forgotten.

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