Man with brain cancer says boss saved his life

A TEACHER diagnosed with a brain tumor says his boss saved his life after noticing his ‘strange’ behaviour.

Matt Schlag began getting migraines while studying to be an elementary school teacher.

The 43-year-old’s boss called him because he was acting strangely and was often late after noticing Matt was confused mid-conversation and often getting lost at school.

Matt attended the hospital and was diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor in October 2019 – and credits his boss with saving his life.

The father of two is now working with the charity Brain Tumor Research to raise awareness of the disease and will complete the London to Brighton Cycle Ride.

He said his migraines had started to get “intense.”

“My boss said, ‘You need to get this checked out because you’re acting strange,’ because my timekeeping had gotten so bad and I wasn’t just getting lost in conversations but in the school building itself,” he said.

“I was out with the fairies, and I wasn’t my usual eloquent self. I was awkward with conversations and I didn’t really reach out to people like I normally would.

“My boss was instrumental in helping me manage the situation and find my way around as I was unable at the time. His intervention saved my life.”

Three days after a scan, Matt underwent surgery. He underwent three months of radiation therapy and twelve months of chemotherapy.

The Argus: Matt Schlag with his wife LouiseMatt Schlag with his wife Louise

But in August 2020, a control scan showed his tumor had grown back.

“Louise, my wife and I celebrated with champagne and thought I’d topped that and we could draw a line under it,” he said.

Matt, from Leeds, had a second operation in September 2020, followed by six months of chemotherapy.

But now Matt is scheduled to take the 55-mile bike ride with friends Chris Lumb, 44, and Chris Keithley, 43, on September 11 to raise money for brain cancer research.

“I just wanted to make something positive out of what happened,” he said. “It’s so important to raise money to help find a cure because until a cure is found there’s always a worry that the tumor might come back.”

Matthew Price, Community Development Manager at Brain Tumor Research, said: “We are truly grateful to Matt and his two friends for taking on this challenge because it is only with the support of people like them that we can advance our research into brain tumors and improve that.” Outcome for patients like Matt who are forced to fight this terrible disease.

“Brain tumors are indiscriminate. They can affect anyone at any time. Not enough is known about the causes, which is why increased investment in research is essential.” Man with brain cancer says boss saved his life

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