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Episode 305: Her Stage 4 Brain Tumor Is Shrinking

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She went to the hospital in August of 2019 with a severe migraine that she'd been having on and off for weeks and was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Six days later, surgery removed 90% of the tumor that was the size of a golf ball but they had to leave part that was surrounding an artery. She
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She went to the hospital in August of 2019 with a severe migraine that she'd been having on and off for weeks and was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Six days later, surgery removed 90% of the tumor that was the size of a golf ball but they had to leave part that was surrounding an artery. She was given 12 months to live. With the use of cannabis oil and dietary changes, the remaining tumor is shrinking with no activity measured. Elin Rasmussen Hiebert along with her husband Clint Hiebert from Manitoba, Canada share their amazing story.
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they sent you in a letter Notice that you had 12 months to live. Do I have that correct? Like they can't diagnose in situ right? They have to actually send it out for for pathology. Everything else? Yeah. Uh So they don't even know until a few weeks later what it actually looks like. It could just be benign, it could be malignant. This ended up being staged for malignant glioblastoma, front temporal lobe. So uh surrounding memory and speech and then you know all these all these dominoes kind of click into place like oh of course that's why you know when Ellen is texting me words don't make sense or when she's trying to remember something, the words aren't there? She can't remember a person's name who she just literally seen five minutes before. Things like that. You don't think of these things. No one thinks brain cancer. No one thinks that. First off you think oh I'm stressed, oh I'm tired, I'm whatever. Just organized from something else. No one thinks this. So when this comes, I mean the roller truck that backs over you and flattened to the ground emotionally and physically, it's devastating. It's like being hit by a semi. It really is, it's just, it's a horrific feeling and you live in some landscape of horror going on, which you know, people don't really look at, but here you are. So, um, yeah, like I said, you reach for hope. You reach for the things that you can find. And uh, I mean that phone call with Corey holy cow, just what it's a gift of hope. It really is, you have nothing to lose. And uh, you know, we come from a fairly conservative background and the idea of, of cannabis, I mean, you know, my friends, all the cannabis in high school, I stayed kind of clean, right? So those kinds of things, you, you, You change your mind set 100 dramatically when you have nothing to lose. And suddenly you realize, Hey, this is medicine, this is a thing. And the subsequent education, you know, proving out that this stuff actually works here we are. So how big, how big was was the brain tumor? Uh, about a golf ball size? And it had two arms sticking out from that yet into the brain. So, uh, it's surrounded in a major artery running in. So when they did surgery on Ellen 586 days later, something that I was diagnosed on friday and on the thursday, that's Right six days later. Yeah. And uh, They ended up cutting about 90 of, but they had to leave the part that surrounds that big artery because they said that they cut into that. I mean, she's gonna hemorrhage on her brain, everything else. So they triage what they can. And then, yeah, they sewed her back up, put a metal plate in her head and here you are. I just want to tell you about a little bit part of the surgery, if you don't mind. Sure because of the kind of surgery and where the tumor was. They kept me awake during surgery and they kept me talking during surgery. So that that's very interesting. I don't remember all of it, but I remember a whole bunch of it and there was lots of talking for hours and hours, but people successful. Yeah. What was your thought going into this Ellen, like just did you think it was going to be successful? Like what's going through your head when you're going in for brain surgery um when I was diagnosed? Um I was not in a what's a normal spot? Yeah. Um I got they told me what the surgery needed to be, all that stuff and I completely believe the whole time that that would be helpful and positive. That's and I've been thinking that almost the whole time I've had some down times a few times, but but overall keeping positive, that's very important, I think. So, Ellen, when the surgery is over, what did the doctors tell you about your prognosis? Uh, for after I actually had kind of hinted to them that we didn't want to know a prognosis unless it was confirmed, confirmed that we just wanted to look at it as here's a positive, here's a negative, here's a here's a here's some hope here. Some not right. So, like I said, the minute somebody gives you a number, the numbers in your head, you you subconsciously revolve around it. It's almost a self fulfilling prophecy, isn't it, exactly what it is, That's exactly what it is. So we it's not living in denial, it's living, it's kind of like when you want to, you want to change that, say the outside of your house, you grab a picture off of Pinterest, you hold it up against your house and say this is what my house is going to be, and you keep holding that picture up and you walk by every day and you drive up to your driveway, you hold this picture up, this is my house is going to be, I'm going to change this and this and this and so keeping that that image of her living beyond 12 months, that's the thing, I don't know about the 12 months until I think it was last week, I found that and that is right now, that is such a positive thing to hear because I have royally gone past that and actually way better. So, So you only found out last week. Me personally. Yeah, I told her because Corey wanted to interview us literally. The only reason that that was it this point. It's a good thing to yeah, it's about time anyway, so Yeah, Well it is, I mean it is a good thing to know there was.
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