To those going through hard times and battling cancer, in the words of my father, "Chin Down, Hands Up, Keep Swinging."
In late August 2014, after washing two cars and completing a 10k run, my Dad had a seizure. It was later revealed through an MRI in October 2014 that Dad had a tumour in his right temporal lobe. After an operation to remove most of the tumour, the pathology report came back with GBM.
Dad underwent intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy to try to knock the rest of the tumour on the head. MRI results after eight weeks came back "stable" which was the word we wanted to hear. In November, 2015 an MRI revealed four new brain tumours.
We were devastated with the news as my family, especially my Dad, had always been so positive that he could beat this beast.
Dad was put on a different chemo in December 2014 and January this year, which proved to be unsuccessful, as an MRI taken in February showed new growth.
He opted to take part in a clinical trial as his options were limited with no cure for this horrible disease.
Sadly, dad's health declined and he received end of life care in the palliative care ward in ONJ Centre, where he passed away with us by he's side, on April 12th 2016.
Dad dedicated his life to us and my Mum and we continue living in the hope that a cure is just around the corner.
We are a very tight knit family and together we will fight on.
He is the strongest person I know and I love him dearly.
To those going through hard times and battling cancer, in the words of my father,
"Chin Down, Hands Up, Keep Swinging."