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Glen's Story Glen has Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma. He is a loving father to his two daughters Erin and Danielle. Husband to his wife Michelle for 29 years. Proud owner of Daisy a Great Pyrenees/Maremma sheep dog mix and his granddog Summit a Lab/Husky mix and also shares his home grudgingly with two cats (Abby and Honey). Glen has worked for the same company for 27 years, 6 days a week most of the time. He is proud of his frugality, some would say "downright cheap", and loves to get the most he can out of a vehicle. He loves a good time and has a great sense of humor. He enjoys canoe camping, hiking Mt. Agamenticus "the mountain", walking on the beach, going to Florida to visit our daughter or stay on "the yacht" in Key Largo, hanging out with friends, and enjoying a great meal. On his way home on Sept. 20th 2008 he felt dizzy so he pulled off the road into the Park and Ride. After a few minutes he felt well enough to continue to the End of Summer party he was going to. Once there he admitted he didn't feel well. Headache, neckache, dizzy, tired, left arm pain. So he went to the emergency room. Not a heart attack, not a stroke but a brain tumor was found. So he was transferred right then to Mass General Hospital from York Hospital. After many tests, he had an Awake Craniotomy on Sept. 26th. A 6cm (size of a small orange) brain tumor was removed from the left side of his brain (this is where your communication center is located). The surgery was very successful and he is recovering nicely. He came home on September 30th. The stitches are out and his hair is growing back in (mostly gray) very well. Swelling is going down so he should have his glasses back on soon too. Now the fight begins! Glen will soon start radiation and chemotherapy for 6 weeks. Start date is set for October 28th.
Update 2008: Glen finished his radiation and 6 weeks of chemotherapy. He will now be doing cycles of chemo....5 days of chemo, 23 days off for a total of 28 days, for 6-12 months. Bloodwork twice a month, a doctors visit every month and he will have an MRI every other month. And so begins the new "normal" of our lives.
UPDATE 2017: Well here we go again. Glen had finally made it to MRI's once a year.....March found some changes going on at the edge of the tumor site, it's back. So he had another awake craniotomy to "shave" that away. He did fantastic! Surgery on Monday August 7th, home on Wednesday August 9th! Superman recovery! We have not made a plan yet for treatment, but everything is back on the table since it's been almost 9 years. We'll keep you posted!
Glen is participating in an immunotherapy trial right now. We will keep you updated.