Subtitle: Tracey share her families battle with brain cancer
“53 weeks is all it took to take a confident upstanding man who was able to put magic into your life.”
Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is dedicated to accelerating the development of new treatments to increase the survival rate from the current 20% to 50% by 2023.
In one way or another, each of us has been or will be impacted by cancer in our lifetime. Tracey Gollan has bravely shared her story with us.
“Brain cancer…a journey I would not wish on anyone. My story isn’t unique but hopefully by sharing it, we can raise awareness, understanding and the funds needed for patients, carers and their families.
My Dad had just turned 65 and started to experience headaches. On 26 May 2015, he called to let me know a 6cm tumour had been found in his brain and he needed to go to Brisbane to discuss options.
This was one of the most heart wrenching phone calls I had received and as I curled into a ball on the kitchen floor in disbelief, I just didn’t know how I was going to continue. My dad was invincible, he was my hero and he was a rock to so many. This just doesn’t happen to amazing people! But, as we know cancer can happen to anyone.
On 1 June 2015, Dad was told he had the worst type of cancer you could get—- Stage IV Brain Cancer. Only 1 out of 10 survive past 5 years. His surgeon advised him he could leave the tumour without surgery and he may have 4 weeks or try treatment and you may get up to 12 months. This disease is a monster and we have no cure.
This was the start of the worst rollercoaster ride for Dad and my family. Dad chose surgery and as he lay in bed he told me he would fight as hard as he could as long as I was by his side. Dad and I believed we could beat this. He spent 2 weeks in hospital and then home for 8 weeks to rest before starting intensive radium and chemotherapy treatment for 6 weeks.