It was a simple ophthalmological examination carried out in 2007, at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW), which made it possible to diagnose a grade 3 oligodendroglioma, a very aggressive brain tumor in Jonathan Jones. It is so serious that only an hour after this visit, he has to undergo surgery. The young resident of Solihull, England, has a one in three chance of staying there, but without this operation he will die within two weeks. Thanks to the hospital teams, the tumor – the size of an orange – is almost completely removed.
The oncologist then prescribed chemotherapy and radiotherapy for six weeks to complete the reduction. Alas, fourteen years later, Jonathan continues to go to the Arden Center at UHCW to receive his treatment and continue to control the tumor. “I made great progress, but my balance was badly affected, so I ended up in a wheelchair for a while during my treatment,” he says. Worse, according to the doctors, her infertility is permanent.
In a few weeks, Danielle became pregnant, without resorting to in vitro fertilization!
And then, in 2019, our man meets Danielle Taylor, a 31-year-old sports coach. “It was instantaneous, recalls Jonathan. I had completely given up on the idea of meeting someone. But she was really special.” Immediately, he confesses to his sweetheart the illness from which he suffers. “When he told me about his brain tumor, he wanted to discourage me. Except that it made me want to know him even more!”, explains Danielle, also mother of Sophia, 7, and Brody, 5 years. Crazy in love, the two lovebirds decide to start a family of their own.
As a precaution, Jonathan had his sperm frozen before his chemotherapy. The couple then undertakes an in vitro fertilization procedure to become parents. And incredible thing, Danielle becomes pregnant without resorting to IVF, in a few weeks! “JJ was born on May 19, 2021. It’s an absolute miracle! He was conceived naturally when I was told it would be impossible! I sincerely hope my story will inspire others to stay strong and full of hope,” says the 32-year-old.
“Despite the chemo, my life is perfect!”
Jonathan is now at the head of his own clothing brand, called No Brainer (“No brainer”), from which he donates part of the proceeds to the association for the fight against brain tumours. “Despite the journey I have undertaken and the 170 sessions of chemotherapy I have had to face, I have never felt better. I feel in great shape and I am really enjoying life as a young dad. My life , despite the chemo, is perfect,” he concludes. A beautiful message of resilience to start the year 2022.
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