RICHLAND, Wash. - May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month and the American Brain Tumor Association says nearly 25,000 people will be diagnosed with malignant brain tumors in 2013.
It's a diagnosis Josh Pearson,38, knows all too well. Josh was diagnosed with Stage IV Glioblastoma, an aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer, in 2011 after doctors found a tumor, the size of a tennis ball, on the left side of his brain.
"It really scares you," said Pearson. "I had craniotomy...brain surgery...and doctors were able to remove 85% of the tumor."
But six months later, the tumor had spread and this time it was inoperable. Doctors gave Josh two years to live; he's now 22 months in and everyday poses a challenge for the married father of two.
"He's had some speech issues because the location of the tumor...some balance issues and just different side affects from medications," said Liz Pearson, the wife of Josh.
Despite the hurdles, Josh has found comfort in spending time with his family; it's something he struggled with, before being diagnosed, because of his job.
"It's really help me to be a better dad and a better husband at the same time," said Josh.
"I think that he has a better relationship with the kids now and I think that it's been a wake up call for all of us that our days are numbered on this planet and we need to make the most of the time that we have," added Liz.
Josh says he appreciates what life has to offer and enjoys cooking, working in his yard, being with his wife and watching his children grow up.
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