“My name is Haydn Kelly and I turned 24 on the 29th of May 2018. In September 2014 I suffered a severe seizure while fishing with a friend off Townsville and ended up in the water, the seizure continued for a long period of time and my friend ended up getting me out of the water and back to shore safely. I was taken to hospital and diagnosed with epilepsy. The seizures continued for several weeks and became more and more frequent until eventually an MRI found a tumour in my brain.
“My mum raced up from NSW and the rest of my family followed. After a biopsy, I was told that it was an Anaplastic Astrocytoma and told I would die in 3 to 5 years tops. The tumour was removed and I underwent 6 weeks of radiation and a year of Chemo.
“Since then I have spent every second trying to live my life to the full. 8 weeks ago, while visiting my family in NSW I had a small seizure and was given an MRI. The tumour was back. 4 weeks later I underwent another MRI and there were seven tumours found this time.
“I have now been told that I have 3 months, maybe 6 if the chemo works but ……
“My pregnant partner Kaitlyn and I have moved down to Scone NSW to be with my family for support . My grandparents have moved with us. Together we share a house with my mum , stepdad and 16 year old brother Darsi so we can have every minute together to create more memories and just be there for each other.
“As a child I played A grade football. It was my absolute passion along with fishing. I have followed the Maroons for as long as I can remember and it would just be the thrill of my life to see an origin game live, not just sitting in front of the TV yelling and swearing at the ref.
“I am so lucky to have had the life I have had, I have had great friends , fantastic adventures, an amazing family who love and support me and a partner I love but there are still so many things I want to do. Over the past few weeks I have been slowly loosing movement down my right side which is making it harder for me to get around so getting to go to the Origin game now while I still have movement means I can still get up cheer and yell and be a part of the greatest sport on earth.” – Haydn
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