Montréal Brain Tumour Walk 2019

Team Ari

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We are now April 2019, and its been quite the start of a year...2018 ended with bad news.

After my MRI appointment in October 2018, I get a call from the doctor asking for an earlier appointment. When I asked why, the person had no reason...of course!

I saw the doctor and he gave me the news. Here we go again!

December 2018, I had my surgery. My treatments started about a month later.

Im on a chemotherapy medication at the moment and i'm coping well

Below are the earlier posts I have written

In April 2018, I returned to work after a 3 and a half years absence.

After my first week, I realized why a progressive return is important . I had forgotten the feeling after working one full day along with the energy needed. My eyes were strained, my focus was coming in waves, I was trying to find my place within a group of people that had changed...I too have changed.

It felt like the first day of school

My energy levels were good, and I was greated with a warm welcome by my colleagues.

As a thank you, for your generosity, and having registered to join us at the Walk, I will keep you all posted on how things are developing in the next couple of months.

Below is my earlier post from 2015

Thank you so much for your help

Ari

2015:

I always considered myself as a healthy person, but my frequent headaches were becoming difficult to manage and would occur at the weirdest times of the day. Regular headache meds were no longer helping me cope and releive the pain, and I thought that work-related stress didnt make things any better.

Along with the chronic headaches came times where I felt dizzy, and weak, my eyesight was sometimes blurred and I had a hard time remembering certain things. I was also becoming less tolerant with certain situations.

After seeing my doctor, who categorized my symptoms as tension, I decided to seek the advice of an osteopath. My appointment was scheduled for the last week of september.

I would never make it to the appointment because on the afternoon of september 19th, 2014, on my way for lunch with a colleague, I collapsed on the sidewalk and taken to hospital by ambulance. After certain routine tests and an MRI, the dreaded news came that there was a mass that had formed in my brain, and my collapse was caused by a convulsion; which were occuring quite frequentely while I was at the hospital.

Once these absences or aura's (as the MD's called them) were controlled with meds, they scheduled brain surgery which they perfomed 10 days after being admitted.

My neuro-surgeon was not able to remove the entire mass, because, us I understand it, there was viable brain tissue that would have been removed that would have caused a risk of loss of motor skills, eyesight and perhaps paralysis.

Weeks later, when I was home recovering from surgery, I got a call from the hospital that I would need to come back and meet a clinical team to discuss the biopsy results and treatments. The nurse instructed that my family be present at this meeting. Needless to say that it wasnt good news.

Words cannot describe the shock, anger, and sadness that has overcome my friends, family and I since the diagnosis.

The Brain Tumour Foundation provided me with much needed information about my condition, and provided everyone around me, incuding myself, the possibility to participate in a support group that has helped me realize that im not alone in this fight.

Almost six months into the treatments, I can say that everything is steady, but the battle is not over, so I've joined the movement to end brain tumours by taking part in Spring Sprint.

I believe no one should hear the words, "you have a brain tumour".

This is why I'm fundraising for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Patients and families need information, support and education. We also need more research.

There are too few treatments for this disease and survival needs to be improved.

Every dollar raised by this walk goes towards these goals.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story as I was quite worried about going public with my experience, but If my story can help fund research and education towards brain tumours, then I have done my part.

Thank you for giving and, more importantly, for helping the 27 Canadians diagnosed daily with a brain tumour.

You're changing lives.

Ari

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The current total amount raised for this city's Brain Tumour Walk is $45,976.40

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