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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated on Justin's progress.

Justin began experiencing abnormal headaches and ended up going to the ER.  They sent him home stating it was probably stress.  He went the next day to see Dr. Berge in Clear Lake and explained his symptoms.  Thankfully, Dr. Berge scheduled an MRI.  Justin was immediately notified there was a brain tumor located in his right front temporal lobe.  Justin met with Dr. Beck, a neurosurgeon at Mercy Hospital in Mason City, IA.  On June 8, 2010 Justin had surgery to remove the tumor.  He made it through the surgery with flying colors.  It was a week later that the pathology results were returned from the Mayo Clinic.  We received devastating news that the tumor was malignant.  He was diagnosed with Brain Cancer, more specifically, Anaplastic Astrocytoma (WHO Grade III).  Justin then met with the oncology team at University of Iowa Hospital to develop an aggressive treatment plan.  On Friday, July 9, 2010 he will have his first test run of radiation treatment, with full treatment, including chemotherapy starting on July 12, 2010.  The radiation treatment will go every day, Monday through Friday, for 6-8 weeks.  Chemotherapy will be every day for the entire duration of radiation, and then further treatment will be evaluated after the radiation is complete.  Justin will be staying at Hope Lodge in Iowa City during his treatment.

Please keep Justin and his entire network of friends and family in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult journey on which we are embarking. 

Your comments and well wishes are appreciated and will help us through this huge battle we are prepared to conquer.

With everyone's help we CAN and WILL will win this fight!

Thank you.


Justin Anderson posted a new journal entry, "4 years later. Update on my brain!".

Hello all!  It's been a few years, so here's a few updates:Life is good.I still don't have cancer.  Many of you know for the last few years I've been working as Program ... Read more

Chris and Phil McCormick signed Justin's Guestbook.

♥ Here's to 4 years cancer free, and to a long and happy life! (to both of you) ♥ ♥ You are so blessed, and we are blessed for knowing you. ♥ Read more

Justin Anderson posted a new journal entry, "I need your help!".

Hey everyone!  Long time no update, I'm sorry! A few weeks ago, I had an MRI scan on my brain to see how I was doing.  Dr. Beck walked into the room and told me that ... Read more

Brenda Jensen signed Justin's Guestbook.

Hey Justin and Alicia! Love your picture together in Italy!!  Not sure how long ago you posted this, but I continue to check in on you from time to time.  :)  God's ... Read more

Kim Buffington signed Justin's Guestbook.

Justin,  Yesterday was an amazing day. The wonderful news of a clear MRI!  Your continued faith, courage, strength and sense of humor is unbelievable. I can't help but ... Read more

Jo Ellen Lee signed Justin's Guestbook.

Hope your scans went great and hope they are clear. I personally don't believe in God.  I believe that my wifes brain cancer was a 1 in 100,000 shot and she was the ... Read more

Kylee Black signed Justin's Guestbook.

Fantastic entry! You are soo bang on too!!! Bless you Justin!!  Kylee :)Founder of www.spiritsparkplugs.com http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kyleeblack Read more

Nan Peterson signed Justin's Guestbook.

Absolutely an amazing and inspirational journal entry after your CLEAR MRI today!  God IS Good!  And you are surrounded by incredible friends (& family)! love ... Read more

johanna stuehrenberg signed Justin's Guestbook.

is it wrong to say that, I think the past year has brough more positives then negatives along?! ... at least for me it did and it sounds like it sure did for you too! :) I ... Read more

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