I am just an average guy. I live an average life and am not any better or worse off than the average Canadian. I am given a day at a time do to with it what I wish. Sometimes I am productive, sometimes I am at a loss as to what to do with the day I was given, but mostly I consider every day a gift. Someone once said to me ‘ You are the poor fellow that got Flesh Eating Disease.’ I replied, ‘no, I am the lucky fellow that got Flesh Eating Disease.’

I try to remember each day that had I not made it through the events of May, 2010, I would not be here to enjoy the day in front of me, and that would make me poor. But I am here – living – breathing – being loved and loving back. That makes me lucky.

By sharing my story, I hope to give others hope in the face of tragedy, to inspire others to give life their best shot in spite of restrictions or challenges, and to help other people with disabilities to make a decision to live life to the fullest each and every day.

8 thoughts on “home

  1. Dominique Anglade February 21, 2013 at 4:05 am Reply

    Dear Bryan, I met with Emilie Bedard today and she told me about your story, I rushed to visit your website. I had tears in my eyes when i recognized your smile: you have not changed… This website is an inspiration, you are an inspiration. I recognized your joie de vivre. It’s been years but I never forgot you!!! Grosses bises du Quebec!!

  2. Terry Crowe March 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Admiration……simply that You are a hero in so many ways with your positive commitment towards life. Thank you for inspiring good feelings

  3. snoopstertest March 12, 2013 at 11:37 am Reply

    Very inspirational Bryan. And what a team of supporters you must have had around you. Your attitude must be infectious! All the best.

  4. Inspired August 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Very inspirational story. Thank you. Someone I love is currently in KGH going through this right now. After a series of operations, we’re now the ones waiting to see what kind of devastation this disease has done to her. She’s still in a coma, but the doctors believe they have stopped the progression. She’s a young woman (a nurse even) with a beautiful family, and I hope we support her in the way that your friends and family have graced your life. Devastating does not even cover it.

    • girlcalledlovely August 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm Reply

      We are so sorry to hear that you are going through this. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel we can offer any insight or support
      Bryan and Marijo

  5. Lynn donker August 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm Reply

    Hey Bryan heard about your story from my sister heather, so very proud to say I know you and am not amazed at your fight for life keep it up and may see you on the links one day down there. You are truly a survivor!! Lynn and John donker

  6. Karen Osborne November 2, 2014 at 1:30 am Reply

    Hi Bryan & Marijo. Just watched the 5 minute video, truly amazing. I heard about you Bryan from Chelsea McIntyre who is a very new neighbour on our street in WInchester. We were both out walking and we stopped to casually chat. I told her I have a full prosthetic limb as I had an above knee amputation in August of 2010 due to necrotizing fasciitis. Chelsea then told me about you. Your story is incredible. To be honest I hadn’t heard too much about NFother than years ago a politician had it. I was going through chemotherapy at the time for breast cancer. I was sick from one of the treatments, went in to hospital and then the journey began. I have to say though that I got off relatively lightly compared to you. I have found a lovely support group which is based in the UK. It is only open to those recovering from it or have a family member lost to it. It is a non judgemental site and has been a great support to me this past year. Prior to that I hadn’t found anything and thought maybe some of my feelings about it or my memory loss etc. were not normal.

    I had my rehabilitation at the Ottawa Rehab centre from October to November 2011. I have Dr. Dudel as my rehab doctor and did work with Marie-Andre and Liza. I have Julie Kim as my prosthetist. I loved the Caren system (not at first) but in the last weeks I couldn’t wait to have time on it.

    Anyway, that is a little bit of history on me and my journey. I hope you don’t mind my reaching out.

    Take very good care of each other!


  7. Brandi Dunst September 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Congrats Brian on the marathon finish!!!!! If anyone deserves a medal it is you. You are such an inspiration! Your P&G family colleague.

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