November 10, 2014

Andrew Bonar, in his own words

The news of world-class piper Andrew Bonar’s successful operation to remove a large brain tumour have rattled and inspired the piping and drumming world. Many rumours have circulated, and the man himself asked pipes|drums if he could have the opportunity to share his experiences.

Only days after his surgery, Bonar has emerged with what seems to be full cognitive function. His future will depend on further tests and intensive treatments. For now he his resting with his family at home in Surrey, British Columbia.

He said, “If one person could benefit from reading about what I went through, it would be of use for me to talk about it.”

Here, then, are Andrew Bonar’s personal thoughts about the events leading up to, during and just after his surgery.

Andrew Bonar in 1991 when he played with the Grade 1 78th Fraser Highlanders while studying in Ontario to become an air traffic controller.

To clarify the happenings of the past few weeks in my own words, for the past few years, I have been diagnosed with having a head cold. Every day my head felt congested, my ears were plugged, and my eyes felt they were being pushed out from the inside. I have forgotten the sound my alarm clock makes because I wake up in the middle of the night with headaches. No cold medicines ever made me feel better.

In the middle of October, I went to my family doctor complaining that my balance was off. I had starting veering to the . . .


  1. Wow. just read this to my wife Tina and she said oh my god about five times. Best wishes to you and your family Andrew. Thank you for sharing
    Euan Anderson

  2. Glad to see that you’re on the mend. Thanks for sharing your story. It has helped me to understand what had happened to a colleague of mine who was in the same situation a while back. All the best in the future.

  3. Andrew , what a story! Thank God for people with such skills as Dr Redekop. I am sure that he has given you a completely different life perspective. May the future bode well for you.Reay Mackay

  4. Hi Andrew,

    I don’t think we’ve ever met, but your name is well known to me. That’s quite an ordeal you had, but it sounds like you’re on the right road back. Good luck and happy piping ahead!


  5. What a life changing ordeal and your spirit appearing so good. All the best to you and hope for quick recovery and back to enjoying playing music……



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