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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site, created to keep friends and family updated about Mike Freeman and his fight against brain cancer. Mike's fiancee Jennifer is the author of this site. Please also visit www.mikesupport.com to see the great things Mike's friends and Flying Dog are doing for him.


On the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend, 2008, at the urging of his friend and coworker Kelly, Mike went to the emergency room. He had been having blurry vision for about 2 months, and had multiple eye doctor appointments. He ended up with reading glasses, but the problem continued. He was also experiencing some strange sensations on the left side of his body, like numbness and tingling. Also, those of us close to him knew something was going on because he just wasn't himself, but it was easy to write off as depression brought on by recent work/life changes.

In the emergency room, the doctors gave him a CT scan and identified that there was a mass in his brain. Following an MRI, the neurologist, neurosurgeon, and GP all made their rounds to see Mike. After more scans of his body, it was evident that the mass in his brain was not secondary. It had started there. It is also in a very tricky spot to operate on, so Mike, along with his family, decided to do a biopsy only. The biopsy determined that Mike has GBM, the most aggressive type of brain tumor.

Mike sought out second opinions on surgery and treatment, which led him to Dr. Edward Arenson, neuro-oncologist. People come from all over the world to be treated by Dr. Arenson. (See the Links page for more information about the doctor and his clinic.)

Mike completed radiation therapy and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, including Avastin, a very promising angiogenisis-type drug. (Please see the Links page for information about this treatment.)

Mike's greatest wish is to "get back to normal." For everyone who knows and loves him, this is our wish too.

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Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

Hi everyone, I am going to be closing down this site soon -- first his family and I want to print out copies of the guestbook so we can have all of your memories, messages ... Read more

Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

Hi everyone, I am going to be closing down this site soon -- first his family and I want to print out copies of the guestbook so we can have all of your memories, messages ... Read more

Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

Mike's memorial will be Friday, September 18th at 2 p.m. at Rockland Community Church in Golden. We would love to see you there.17 S Mt Vernon Country Club Rd Golden, CO ... Read more

Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

As many of you know, Mike passed away in the early morning yesterday, September 9th. I was with him at the time, and his parents were in the next bedroom. Mike's passing ... Read more

Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

Hi everyone, we have been loving all the cards and letters and emails and other message of support -- so many that I can't even respond to everyone. Mike's coworker is ... Read more

Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

I wanted to show everyone our bedroom wall that now (with Dan's help) has the canvas from the Brainefit hung on it. It's a whole wall of Love!We are hanging in there. Mike ... Read more

Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

Hi everyone,I know you have all had Mike in your thoughts and prayers this week. He did not go for treatment because he was physically unable to do so. We have started the ... Read more

Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

Mike has, I think, decided to try more treatment. I say think because things could change, but this is what I called to tell Dr. Arenson's staff today. After talking with ... Read more

Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

This is a very hard update to write. I have always tried to be very optimistic with those of you following the updates, so that you could keep the good energy going. For ... Read more

Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

Quick update -- Mike has chemo today, the same course as last week. He's tolerating it well. He's also tolerating well his week of physical and speech therapy. He's even ... Read more

Jennifer Jordan posted a new journal entry.

Chemo went fine yesterday. Mike slept through it. Mary was at an all-time level of awesome; she was so focused on finding solutions to what Mike is going through right ... Read more

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