Brian Morris has been capturing the moment for almost two years. He captures every moment of life with his wife Laurie and his four children. He seizes the moment when he manages to teach golf at the Ocean View Course in Devonshire, Bermuda.
He will catch it in the next few hours as he makes his professional debut on the PGA Tour, the world's leading golf circuit. He must take it because he is 53 years old and a fourth stage cancer that cycles of chemotherapy and immunotherapy have not affected.
He just has an experimental cure, what he calls a "last shot" The results of the last shot will be evaluated in December at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Meanwhile Brian does not survive but lives. Already the fact of telling the PGA Tour website his story speaks volumes of the strength he has found in and around him.
“It all started a couple of years ago. It was a Friday night, I was tired, I was dizzy. So I asked a friend to take me to the hospital. During the visit the doctor asked to follow his finger in front of me and noticed that one of my eyes was jerking.
'Not a good sign,' he said. The following Monday I had a CT scan, then an MRI. And to follow the intensive care, the air ambulance, the desperate rush to the brain surgery department in Boston and the kiss to my wife before entering the operating room "
It was December 21, 2019 and Brian did not know if and how he would wake up after the operation. Two days later he discovered that the intervention was not the end of the tunnel but only the antechamber. It was the entrance to that damned tunnel.
In Boston they said that the brain tumor was end-stage and that metastases had already attacked the esophagus and stomach. In short, a great Christmas present. From that moment on, every day of life has become one more day. Traditional treatments (the last chemo dates back to last week) did not have the desired effect.
The experimental ones who knows. Meanwhile, the drugs have given him a neuropathy that limits his mobility in his hands and feet. “I feel needles and pins in my limbs. Only in a golf course - he continues - I don't think about pain.
In the end, despite using the golf car, I am very tired: I go home and take a good sleep "
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Morris has taken care of himself over the past two years and played golf whenever possible. "I asked myself 'why me?' And I replied that perhaps with this disease I can help others.
I am looking for a normal life - he explains - and in doing so I tell everyone that cancer can be fought. I could have stopped, lay down in a bed and let the three months of life that I was diagnosed with in the hospital pass.
Instead here I am: every day I get up and every day I am happy to do so. I have no long-term plans, I don't go beyond three months ”. And in these quarterly plans, the Butterfield Bermuda Championship ended. Brian tried to qualify as any other player but he couldn't.
Then a sponsor stepped in with a wild card to make every golf pro's dream come true. “I admit it: I cried when they invited me”.