StoryCorps Chicago: ‘Not Every Death Is A Tragedy’

Lea and Mike Grover
Lea Grover interviewed her husband Mike for StoryCorps Chicago. Photo by Monika Czarnik/courtesy of Lea Grover
Lea and Mike Grover
Lea Grover interviewed her husband Mike for StoryCorps Chicago. Photo by Monika Czarnik/courtesy of Lea Grover

StoryCorps Chicago: ‘Not Every Death Is A Tragedy’

Editor’s Note: This story is an update to a story we first broadcast in 2018.

Mike Grover was 24 when he and Lea Grover got engaged. A few days later, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma. Doctors believed he would only survive for about a year-and-a-half.

That was more than a decade ago. Mike is 38 now and he and Lea are married, with three children. They live in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago.

In the past two years, Mike’s health has declined rapidly in spite of on-going treatments. There’s a great deal of pain, and Lea and Mike are confronting death once again.

Bill Healy produces StoryCorps Chicago for WBEZ and teaches journalism at Northwestern University. Follow him @chicagoan.