By Rochelle Cooper
In 2009, my dad, Maxwell Robert Cooper, a very healthy,
happy, humble man began to experience simple headaches and some tingling on his
left side of his body.
He went to get checked and after a few very minor tests (and a lack of help from his GP, who said, “You can have a CT/MR scan, if you want to”) was found to have a Grade 4 brain tumour.
The tumour was located in his right frontal lobe and was diagnosed as a GBM – Glioblastoma Multiforme. This is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumour in most people.
This news rocked our family but my dad kept strong and pushed through. He was operated on one week later, and the tumour was removed. Six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy followed, which was successful at keeping the tumour at bay for about two to three years until my dad was unfortunately given more news that the tumour had started to show signs of growth again, which is very common in GBM’s.
Dad continued against all odds to fight. He had further treatment, which kept
the tumour at bay with chemotherapy until he was told in December 2012 that the
treatment was no longer effective. Such news would turn most people sour and no
longer a want to fight, but my dad showed more determination than ever to give
this world everything he had!
On Saturday the 27th of July, 2013, this world lost one the
most incredible men, My Dad - Maxwell Robert Cooper.
There are not enough words to describe a great man like my
dad. He was a fighter. He had all the qualities I aspire to: honest, loyal,
true, loving, caring and fair. He was a protector and NEVER complained.
He gave this world so much and will be forever missed. I don’t think I will ever meet anyone like him again. I love you dad. Always and Forever. Rest in Peace.
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