Nov. 24, 2015
“People who wanted to fight and live were now being told, ‘Well, you have no options, why don’t you choose assisted suicide?’” This was “a huge danger,” Hanson said.
Hanson faced the same diagnosis as the late Brittany Maynard, who elected to end her own life rather than continue her battle against an aggressive tumor, and decided surrendering to cancer was not an option. Instead of giving up and choosing the assisted suicide option available to him and others, Hanson chose to fight.
In May 2014, Hanson was in a business meeting when he suddenly felt something in his body going horribly wrong. Hanson told his clients he needed them to call 911. They initially thought he was joking, until Hanson pleaded with them, “Seriously, call 911.”
That was the last thing Hanson remembered of the meeting as a grand mal seizure overtook his body, rendering him unable to communicate.
An ambulance rushed Hanson to the hospital. After he was stabilized, Hanson’s wife Kris insisted doctors perform an MRI to find out what was going on with her husband. The scan revealed lesions on Hanson’s brain with two possible causes — an infection or cancer. A biopsy of his brain revealed the worst possible news. Growing in the vet’s temporal lobe was a stage 4 glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive form of cancer capable of doubling in size in just two weeks.
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