Michael Abrey

I am 20 years old and live in Brandon, Manitoba. When I was 18 years old I started to have these weird symptoms: a very sore neck, I was dragging my leg, I had headaches, I walked like I was drunk, it was hard to write, and I couldn’t even draw a circle. I thought I was having a stroke. It took going to the Emergency Department three times before they figured out that I had a brain tumour. That was really hard, as I felt invalidated and that I was going crazy. It turned out to be a medulloblastoma, which is a very rare kind of brain cancer.

It was so shocking at first, and so scary. But in some ways, it was a relief, because I was so worried that I would permanently have all those weird symptoms forever and never be able to think properly again or walk properly. When we knew what it was, we could get on with treating it.