"I am one of the 10% who survive after the first year" - Alain Dumouchel

Karine Martin
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Story of a fighter

Alain Dumouchel, a 47-year old Maple Grove resident, has now been living with cancer of the brain for three years.

Alain Dumouchel, a 47-year old Maple Grove resident, has now been living with cancer of the brain for three years.

While doctors only gave him a few days to live, the survivor considers himself lucky to be alive. "Ninety percent of people with brain cancer die in the first year of diagnosis. I am part of the 10% who survived after the first year," said Dumouchel.

In the first year of his fight, the mass expanded. Not wanting to take any risk, Dumouchel accepted a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. After some time, the mass stabilized and he started to live and enjoy life. Against all odds and against all hope, he survived. Doctors even organized a party to celebrate this unexpected news. "At the hospital, I have a super team surrounding me. I also have a great appreciation for my family and my friend Pierre Emond who helped me and supported me in this difficult ordeal," said Dumouchel.

Taking advantage of his passion: chess

Since his cancer, Dumouchel can no longer work on a regular basis. He therefore took advantage of his precious time.

He got back his driver’s license a year ago thanks to his state of health that has greatly improved. He feels relieved to have found the luxury of being able to move freely. Since his recovery, he devoted all his time to his childhood passion, but was not practicing due to a lack of time: chess! An active teacher for the Chess and Math Association, Dumouchel went to a few schools in the region to give chess courses to young people who share the same passion that he has. In addition, he is incredible on-line, playing up to 30 games simultaneously on the Internet. "Chess allows me to stop thinking about my cancer and entertains me, just by practicing my passion," explains Dumouchel.

If you have a passion for chess, Alain Dumouchel lectures in schools, organizations and privately. To share a common interest, contact him at dumouchelalain@yahoo.ca.

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