A Brain Tumour Took My Mom From Me

May 2, 2017


I remember getting a call from dad saying that the results from the biopsy were in on mom's growth in her brain. No one knew what the result was going to be but I think we all had a pretty good idea, and it wasn't good. At the time I was living in Calgary so I drove to Saskatoon the next morning. When I showed up at the hospital everyone was very nervous. I remember our family sitting around in the hospital room trying to be positive but there was this undertone of sadness. Finally the Doctor came in and I knew before she even opened her mouth. You could see it on her face that she was about to give some bad news. My brother and sisters are deaf so I was translating as the doctor talked. She explained to us that it was an aggressive astrocytoma brain tumour. I didn't really know what that meant at the time so I asked. She said it’s terminal and most people will last between 6 months and 3 years. I tried to keep signing but I just couldn't hold in the panic attack. I turned my back and began to cry uncontrollably. Once I had called every friend that I could for support I came back into the hospital room and we all sat around mom's bed and cried. I thought this was the hardest day of my life. Boy was I wrong.


It’s one thing to deal with the shock finding out that your mom will die way sooner than you ever thought. It is another to watch her die slowly. As the months past her seizures got worse and worse. She was on so many medications and nothing was really helping her. All the drugs that she was on were just putting her in this weird comma state. She had no quality of life. We did find some relief for her eventually through the use of medical marijuana though. Her seizures went form 100 a day to maybe 1 a week so that was a blessing for sure.


Between all the drugs, the surgery, the Chemo, and the emotional battle of coming to terms with her own mortality, i have to say she was one hell of a fighter.


As the tumour continued to grow her mobility deteriorated to the point where she could not sit up on her own. We had to lift her and roll her around in her chair to assist her in basic needs such as eating, dressing, bathing, and sleeping. Watching someone who had so much life and happiness in her deteriorate to an almost unrecognizable shell of her true self was the toughest thing in the world I have ever done. My mom was so loving and kind and always smiling.


I remember searching for months, with every moment that I had, scouring the internet for a cure, looking for some new experimental treatment or natural remedy, Simpson Oil, etc.  We tried everything we could. Nothing was available for her specific type of tumour and the Natural remedies did nothing. I know through my research that we are close to a cure, there just needs to be more funding. A Brain Tumour has got to be one of the worst ways to die and it needs to be stopped.  


I love you mom and miss you more than anything in the world. XOXOXOXO


Dear Friends!



People affected by a brain tumour should never walk alone.


I’m writing to invite you to join my team in support of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. I’d love to have you join the national movement to end brain tumours.


Funds raised from Brain Tumour Walk events held across Canada directly benefit patients and families by providing information, support and education - so desperately needed when a diagnosis of brain tumour is made. Dollars raised also go to funding critical research so we can find out what causes brain tumours and how we can more effectively treat them all.


If you can’t join me, you can still help by supporting our team with an online donation towards our fundraising goal. Every dollar counts. Every donation is needed!


Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has been providing hope to Canadians affected by a brain tumour for 35 years. With your support, they will continue to provide hope until the cause of and a cure for brain tumours has been found.


You can learn more about the wonderful family-friendly event at www.braintumourwalk.ca or you can learn more about Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at www.braintumour.ca.


Thanks - I hope you can join us!





Doug Biehn
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