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Dec 4, 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. By May, even though Josh was still paralyzed on one side and had difficulty speaking, he opted to complete a round of whole-brain radiation. In June, Josh was able to return home to our mom's house, where he began receiving physical, occupational and speech therapy. Shortly after, he began chemotherapy to treat the cancer in his body. He has fought and fought, despite still being confined to his bed. Please read for the most recent updates. Thank you so much for your love and support. ~Lissa