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£25,719
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    Weʼve raised £25,719 to support our family and ease financial strain whilst Jody undergoes treatment for a grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme (brain tumour)

    Southsea, Hampshire
    Funded on Thursday, 30th November 2023

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    Edited to add: since writing this, Jody was officially diagnosed with a Grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme at the end of January. He has undergone an awake craniotomy, from which he recovered very well, however after testing the mass they removed, the team at Southampton General Hospital determined that it was a malignant mass, and an extremely aggressive brain tumour type. The very same sort I lost my late father to when i was in my early twenties. Jody has completed 6 weeks of targeted radiotherapy and chemotherapy, with a month’s break, and is just beginning 6 months of chemotherapy cycles. The majority of his care will be palliative.

    —————————————————————————————— On New Years Eve 2019, after months of ongoing and increasingly alarming symptoms which we couldn‘t quite explain, my 43 year old husband Jody was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

    So far the information we have, is that it‘s an Oligodendroglioma in the frontal lobe of his brain. The evidence suggests it’s a Grade 2, which thankfully is the non-aggressive, slow growing sort. The pensioner of the brain tumour world, if you will. We’re also fairly sure it’s benign, although this probably won’t be confirmed until it is biopsied.

    The current plan is that he is taking a cocktail of steroids to reduce the inflammation around the mass, and will then have surgery to hopefully fully remove it within the next two weeks.

    The mass itself is measuring at approximately 5cm - slightly bigger than a golf ball. It‘s also showing signs of calcification, which led the doctor to believe it may have been growing very slowly for approximately 20 years. Despite this, the symptoms have been ever changing, from partial temporary paralysis, to seizures, to stroke-like episodes, and blinding headaches and numbness.

    So far we know very little about the expected recovery period, but at the present time, he is not allowed to drive, and is signed off from work indefinitely. Needless to say this has been a huge shock to us all, and has rocked our little family. We’re unsure of the outcome, and what sort of symptoms he may experience long-term.

    Reaching out and asking for help is not in the nature of Jody and I, but I suppose if you’re ever going to cash in those favours, now is the time.

    Indio (who I’m sure all will know is our wild, Alice In Chains loving 3 year old) is very resilient, as children are, but is naturally aware that his routines are not quite as normal, and he’s spending time with friends and family who he may typically not be used to.

    If I can somehow lighten the load for Jody - and the financial pressure which I know he’s feeling a little by being the sole earner in our Sexton trio, then I suppose it’s one less concern for him.

    Until then, I’ll do my best to look after him, and update here with any new information. My skills are unfortunately limited, and I think he’d rather I didn’t attempt the surgery myself with a junior hacksaw and a teaspoon. Other than that, I’ve got him covered.

    Thanks for reading, Elle - wife, secretary and nurse of Jody

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    • Eleanor Sexton1 year ago
      Eleanor Sexton

      Eleanor Sexton

      1 year ago

      Jody’s worked incredibly hard to make the improvements he’s made since his 2 weeks in hospital. His right hand use, speech and cognition have come on leaps and bounds. His oncology team have confirmed that the changes we’ve seen in his most recent MRI’s are disease recurrence, so this evening he restarted his first cycle of chemotherapy. Their plan is to do 12 month’s worth. He is our hero.

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    • Eleanor Sexton1 year ago
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      Eleanor Sexton

      1 year ago

      On Saturday 03/06/23 Jody suffered some sort of episode leaving him with stroke-like symptoms. Confusion, aphasia, loss of communication between his brain and right hand, and what seems like back to back focal seizures since. He’s been in hospital ever since. We’re hoping this is temporary but unsure currently and awaiting more test results. Please keep him in your thoughts; He’s desperate to feel better and be back home, but we don’t know when that’ll be. Xoxo - Elle

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    • Eleanor Sexton2 years ago
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      Eleanor Sexton

      2 years ago

      The summer has disappeared in a whirlwind of beach days and a sensational weekend at Victorious festival; today we had the wonderful news that Jody’s latest MRI has once again come back as stable, with no discernible changes. We’re obviously thrilled, and the advice from his consultant is that we could push back the MRI’s to every 6 months. Roll on the beginning of a new school year for Indy! Love to you all, Team Sexton xoxo

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    574

    • Nuala O’Brien

      Nuala O’Brien

      Oct 22, 2023

      Wishing you all the best x

      £35.00

    • Fred&Jan

      Fred&Jan

      Oct 15, 2023

      Well done Tom and all else that took part

      £15.00

    • Clive Sivyour

      Clive Sivyour

      Oct 15, 2023

      £10.00

    • Anne Judge

      Anne Judge

      Oct 14, 2023

      Good luck tomorrow!

      £20.00

    • Fiona Judge

      Fiona Judge

      Oct 14, 2023

      Come on. You can do this! X

      £20.00

    • Charlie Wallington

      Charlie Wallington

      Oct 13, 2023

      I'll see you in the pub after for food and beer Tom x

      £20.00

    • Hez

      Hez

      Oct 11, 2023

      Happy running, Tom. I’ll be in the pub.

      £10.00

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