LIFE

Dad Fears He Has Weeks Left After Doctors Find 98 Tumors. But 5 Years Later, He Feels ‘Great’

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

One dad from Monument, Colorado, experienced every person’s worst nightmare when a lump turned out to be something far worse.

Leland Fay, a 46-year-old dad of two, was diagnosed with aggressive melanoma in 2011. He first noticed just a small bump on his head. Leland started off with experimental treatment in California, but the cancer soon spread to his stomach, liver, lungs, and finally into his brain.

In total, doctors found 98 cancerous tumors growing in Leland’s brain.

“Typically with three to five it’s ‘We’re going to send you to hospice and it’s six weeks to live,'” Leland remarks in the video below.

But the dad wasn’t willing to give up without a fight — and neither were his doctors.

Using Gamma Knife treatments (where gamma radiation beams target each individual tumor), Dr. Robert Breeze at the University of Colorado Hospital attacked Leland’s tumors. Five years after his startling diagnosis, Leland’s latest brain scan shows that he is miraculously in remission and clear of tumors.

Leland even says that he feels “great” now — most importantly, he feels normal. He has been able to coach his kids, hike, and continue working.

How incredible is Leland’s recovery and the work of his dedicated doctors in the face of terrifying odds?

Learn more about this brave dad’s journey in the video below.

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