Jesse Benudiz, Thornhill
"On April 17th 2020, the doctors at Mackenzie Health Hospital found a mass inside my brain that required further testing and analysis. I was immediately transported to Toronto Western Hospital for an MRI which then required a biopsy of the mass. After being cleared of Covid-19 and being admitted, it was then determined that I had both benign and malignant cells that required further investigation and a biopsy. From the biopsy, I was left with some short term memory loss which truly had left me scared of what was to come next. Through admission and recovery from the biopsy, I was supported by the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Toronto Western. I was then transferred to the Brain Rehabilitation at Toronto Rehab for my short term memory loss. It was difficult for me to comprehend that my life had changed in the blink of an eye, and I was looking at a long road of treatments and recovery ahead. I had brain cancer. On May 4, 2020 I was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital to begin my first week of four rounds of chemotherapy. I was extremely disoriented but I was ready to embark on this journey and process of healing. I met my medical team, was checked up on everyday by so many friends and family members and was supported by all. Round one was tiring. I was sleeping more that I can remember, but the feeling of love never left my side. On May 25th, 2020 I began round two of four chemotherapy sessions, I more or less knew what to expect this time and was ready to continue on this crazy journey of another round of kicking cancer’s butt. I was told by my medical team that they’ve seen great improvements from my first round of treatment and will continue to monitor my levels over the next few sessions.