The death Saturday of US Senator John McCain from an aggressive form of brain tumor has shaken Greenwood's people suffering from the same disease and [19659007AdamHayden36 profiled by IndyStar last year, was interviewed on the HLN cable news network after McCain fa. Mily announced Friday that the Republican presidential candidate from Arizona and the two-time presidential candidate had decided to sign the Treatment of glioblastoma, a rare and incurable cancer, to end.

Average life expectancy is 14 to 16 months, according to the American Brain Tumor Society. McCain publicized his diagnosis in July 2017.

With the news of McCain's death, Hayden, a married father of three young boys, IndyStar, said he had a connection with McCain, even though the two never met. "I wish we had it," he said Saturday night. "I think we found solidarity and support in a relationship because we could connect on a level that the public does not understand." McCain's death: Sen. John McCain, American "outsider" and political giant from Arizona, dies at the age of 81

In fact, Hayden wrote an open letter to McCain last year when he wrote learned from the senator's diagnosis, "that's why I feel so close to him," he said.

Hayden said, "On the surface you and I are very different, I am a 35 year old father with three sons at the age of 5. I have a beard and I am listening to English: www.mjfriendship.de/en/ /index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 I have a bachelor 's degree and a degree in philosophy, my home is in the heartland, although I lived in your beautiful state of Arizona when I was a child, you are 80, a respected member US Navy, a war hero, and a longtime US Senator at home in the Southwest and Washington, DC Nevertheless, we are now linked by this terrible brain tumor. "

Hayden went on to offer nine ways to live with the disease, including the search for a community of brain tumor "brothers and sisters" that could give tips for treatment and an open ear, work on, whe n & nbsp; possible, and hugging family.

"Her daughter, Meghan, raised our spirits as she made a statement about her boundless love for you, our families see themselves as partners in our care, and they see it as a privilege to stand by our side," wrote Hayden.

Since his diagnosis, Hayden has delivered several lectures at scientific conferences, in medical schools and at the community He has joined patient advocacy groups with leading brain cancer organizations, including the National Brain Tumor Society, whose Defeat GBM Research Collaborative is committed to double the five-year survival rates over the next 10 years. In May, he traveled to Washington, DC to meet with elected representatives from Indiana wondering (19659008) Hayden who has been living with the disease for over two years, continues to increase the quality of life over quantity.

"The medical research model is a model in which we educate our doctors that we want to extend life no matter what, and death has to be overcome," he said. "This is not always in the best interests of the patient and the patient's family."

Hayden has decided not to seek additional treatment since he completed the standard protocol of 11 months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation last year. Brain surgery followed to remove part of the tumor. Since then, he has continued to have regular brain scans, but so far they have not shown any growth in the tumor.

The disease still takes its toll. He suffers from seizures, headaches and fatigue and has recently learned that a good friend who was diagnosed with glioblastoma six years ago is going into hospice care.

His coping strategy, he said, should allow himself to mourn, "but let us also understand that this is an opportunity to gather some energy and see what we can do to accelerate the research In 20 years, not really had many innovations in treatment. "

Shortly after the Senator's death, Hayden said," I felt very connected to Senator McCain. "My thoughts are with his family and everyone is suffering from the burden of this devastating disease.

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