Aug 20, 2014|
Ben one of the last remaining Hartford Whalers fans, was diagnosed with brain cancer after receiving a precautionary CT scan. Ben underwent treatment has included surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, which he receives monthly.
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Welcome back calendar to dale and -- Sports Radio that we guide -- thirteenth annual WEEI -- Jimmy Fund radio telephone we are. Thrilled to share that Bob's discount furniture has just offered a 25000. Dollar matching challenge for this are between three and four. A great opportunity for you to make your generous contribution go even further in the battle to conquer cancer. Please call 8777381234. Now. Or go online to Jimmy Fund dot org and help us reach our goal of 75000. Dollars by the end of the show. Michael I'm happy to welcome in our next guest and Freeman -- to kind of sad to share the news within it. John Sebastien Giguere is retiring this week and that's the last surviving member of the Hartford whalers is that right and -- the last Hartford whalers fan I know always not he's not but it's the last one I know. -- -- -- now how how big of a harper wheelers and are you there. Well only been on for so. -- lost my team like kinda follow the hurricanes for a little while it is not the same was the same there in North Carolina and now our. How many how many how many harper will assure you and I still have one -- back -- kind of get a little bit again it's a ton of comments people love it. It brings back to the Google it is now we're brass bonanza comes on the view. And Romo have a couple buddies who have that as a -- yes still. Still I great -- and you don't like you to great song. I hated the song and and I don't really knew me I didn't much like that's the hockey arena in the mall leader but that her heart for Cuellar fans arteries in my left for a been Freeman is from -- -- in Connecticut. And is joining us here along with his sons his crew in the background here. You're a brain cancer patient and Telus when you found button and what the treatment ones. I actually had a unique way of being diagnosed. I used to work at the Canadian -- train school I was kicked in the head. And as a result post concussion symptoms had a precautionary CT scans. And they found in dark mass within my brain that you know what it was. I went on to have surgery down at Johns Hopkins. In the past how is he came back is a cancerous tumor. What leader section was almost a -- section 99% of the tumor was removed. Treatment. Has gone very well I received. Radiation. Therapy or for hospital. And I came out Dana Farber. Terms in terms of what people seeking out and neuro oncologists. What the doctor went to Dana Farber. That very happy with him. There you found out this information. You know what it would if you know anything about. Tumors brain cancer -- any experience at all before. I had a good friend. Growing. It was kind of mentor to me during my teenagers who died of brain cancer. When I was in my early twenties uses early thirties. His brain cancer was the result of -- brain -- -- it was a child in the radiation you received as a child. That causes secondary break -- which taking his life other -- that. That was about the only person I knew man even that I didn't know much about it. So what are you thinking about you know yourself when you when you heard this this diagnosis or were your thoughts. At first. You really don't know what to think that doctors telling you could be denying it could be this -- could be that. After I had the -- in the -- -- he came back and we knew exactly what it was. It definitely took me a little while the process that information. It's. The word cancer scary you know everyone kind of associates that with negative things. So you really have to recent years your brain in the way you think about things. And stay positive and look at all of good things that have come out of this and ways that I'm lucky. My tumor was operable it could have been an area that was inoperable. So to me that's a stroke of luck I think -- if you if you will. Some it was an area of the brain couldn't could easily have surgery. And have very limited deficits. Ultimate man of people who racers deficits. And and the other part in the strike remembers. You know your crew Colin -- and Andrews is correct so you've got these guys you would come on the radio today was tried as it may be another day you know take that as -- -- also. I'm not -- across that today. But you know what was the that's -- tough conversation that anybody especially use and three strong sons. Would you say about those conversations ago. It took actually a couple days from ladies and Muster -- The courier pulled myself together enough to to tell the boys miles to see -- was up at school. But the two youngest ones we said now my wife Kathleen and my wife actually told them. I wasn't sure vote in the view of -- contain myself and I didn't want to steer them. Just the information alone it is scary enough and sees -- senior -- cry. In anyone overdo it on him so she she told them. Thankfully and -- held yourself together not to scare him to that. And we just we're very straightforward with them in terms of when I was going to be dealing with in terms of treatment. Tan and embarrassment. And says it's okay to be scared. The way it's gonna go on and we're -- tackle this head on. You know we're so going to be families that we -- -- Then have you had any symptoms at all I mean what I'm thinking of in my head here is if you hadn't been kicked in the head. If you hadn't had a concussion symptoms which do not have known what was going wrong. I had. Been having some numbness in my left arm for about six months but. That had been misdiagnosed as a nerve injury in my left arm. And it really wasn't significant enough for me to press the issue with the doctors. Honestly I'd definitely could've gone. You know. I would've gone you know indefinite period of time until I had a more serious symptom like seizures something so it probably in a weird sort of way it was a blessing. It definitely was a blessing. The tumor would continue to -- it could have progressed. To a further stage. So. I delicate. Well you the only Hartford whalers fan I know who's in the building today so process and I and I'm happier crevices pregnancy with great -- voice thank you very much population -- -- -- that's been Freeman from Newington Connecticut a brain cancer survivor I'm happy to say. We tried to tell you all the different ways that you can make donations you see the new updated.