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Inspiring Story of BMX Athlete Fighting 4 Brain Tumors

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Josh Perry - Brain Tumor Survivor
“I love saying ‘Fear is just a thought. Thoughts can be changed.’”

The Diagnosis

“I was diagnosed in 2010 after an MRI for checking a traumatic brain injury.”

Josh Perry is an inspiration for other fighters as he achieved his goals despite living with 4 brain tumors presently. If he can do it, you can too!

The Journey

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“I was diagnosed with a large brain tumor taking over half my brain, optic nerve, and artery in 2010. The complications of the surgery resulted in 2 growths again 2 years later that were treated with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in 2012. They shrunk for 4 years and have become stabilized since. In 2017, I was diagnosed with 2 additional tumors on the right side of my brain. They suspect I have Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that is causing them to appear. This 3rd diagnosis led me to a high-fat diet, also known as a ketogenic diet, and after a year follows up MRI, they showed no progression. I live with 4 tumors in my skull today.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My biggest motivation to fight was/is my life vision and dream I created when I was younger and was currently/still living. To be a professional BMX athlete.”

The biggest hindrance

“The mental aspect was my largest hindrance along my journey. I have come a long way in learning that my mindset is responsible for most of the outcomes of my life, one way or another. When we learn that we can change our internal chemistry with our thoughts and actions in life, we can create the outcomes we focus on, good or bad. It’s tough to accept and practice, but it’s so worth it.”

Message to other fighters

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“My message is to focus on exactly what you want in life, rather than what you don’t want. Optimism, faith, love, and a vision can do wonders for any hardship we face in life. Where our focus goes, energy flows. That’s an amazing and powerful quote that means so much to me, I watched my mom battle colon cancer for a decade with a smile on her face and a positive attitude saying “I know I will be fine and it’ll get better” and she is healthy and happy today. She had a desire to live her life and be there for her children and that’s where I learned a lot of what I practice and share today.”

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