“You can achieve anything you set your mind to.”
Jimmy M was diagnosed with brain cancer in May 2014. He has successfully defeated his disease. He is a fitness enthusiast and a traveller.
“May 2014. After some numbness while running a race I went to the doctor for some tests and the MRI found the tumor.”
“In mar 2014, I ran the Atlanta Spartan sprint and when I jumped over a wall at mile 3, the left side of my face and arm went completely numb. After shaking it off and walking for a few minutes, I finished the race. Two months and multiple medical tests later, on May 6, 2014, I was officially diagnosed with brain cancer.
The diagnosis changed my life and my outlook on life. I was dealing with a divorce before a second round of chemo and radiation, a move to a new city, and the uncertainty of raising a child alone. I caused some hardship to people I loved and also dealt with hardship from people I loved. I had to fight to get myself medically cleared to continue serving in the military.
There were many ups and downs but through all of that I maintained a positive attitude because at the end of the day I’m living with an inoperable tumor that “knock on wood” isn’t affecting me too bad and I get to live my life. I work, I serve my country, I’m a full time graduate student, and single dad. Cancer changed my life, in my opinion, for the better. It made me a stronger person with different perspective on life.”
Motivation to fight cancer
“My son and my family. I want to be around as long as possible to see my son grow to become a man.”
“Fatigue, always being tired sucks when trying to get a lot done and uncertainty. Having nightmares of not waking up while a toddler is in the other room is tough.”
Message to other cancer patients
“Think positive, I’ve learned that thinking positive has attracted more positive people in my life which helps. Also, don’t let the cancer define you, you can do anything, you just might have to make minor adjustments to achieve your goals.”
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