I'm Stephen Clare, earlier on this year I was unfortunately diagnosed with a stage 3 Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma tumour and small signs of a progression to a Grade 4 Glioblastoma which is very rare brain cancer. The medical term mixed Glioma.
I was devastated with the news but knew that I had to do all I could to beat this thing for myself and my family.
I have undergone Brain surgery where 97% off the tumour was resected. Currently, I am in the middle of 6 week's combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments. In January I start another 6-month cycle of chemotherapy and in June I will have my first MRI since surgery so doctors can assess if the treatment has been successful in reducing the remainder of the tumour or if there has been growth. Due to the rareness of this type of tumour, the likelihood of recurrence is high. Because of this, I will need to continue on a preventative treatment plan which could include trial therapies and alternatives medicines which come at quite a high cost.
In order to fund all the necessary treatment and aftercare that I'm going to need to improve, strengthen and lengthen my quality of life we need to raise upwards of €20,000 on top of what we currently have.
It's an uphill battle but I'm staying positive and any contribution would be very much appreciated and will honestly help so much during this difficult time.
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