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Jul 25, 2018
On Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 6 days after he turned 40 years old - my little brother, Josh, went to Urgent Care after experiencing problems with thinking and speaking clearly and moving ably. Upon examination, he was immediately admitted into the hospital ICU. Doctors discovered a mass on his brain which they first assumed to be a benign tumor located in a dangerous spot between the two hemispheres. They scheduled surgery for removal of the tumor within the week. However, while my brother was in ICU, doctors completed more tests, and discovered Josh has stage 4 colon cancer; the disease began in his colon and has metastasized to his lungs and brain. He had surgery to remove the malignant brain tumor on March 23. While the surgeon was able to remove most of the mass in his brain, Josh suffered a stroke while in surgery, leaving him unable to swallow, to move the right side of his body or to speak more than a word or two or nod and shake his head. He is currently at St. Anthony's Hospital and I am working non-stop with the doctors and the team at the hospital to figure out how to best support Josh and how to move forward. Because of the brain surgery and stroke, we cannot begin to even consider treating his cancer for at least 4 or more weeks. I am so grateful for the friends and family who have reached out to our family, and I started this page to help keep informed everyone who loves Josh. I will update this page as frequently as I can. Thank you for your love and encouragement and support for Josh. We are so grateful. ~Lissa