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Marine Corps Marathon Finisher (10 months after surgery)
Marine Corps Marathon Finisher (10 months after surgery)

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Joseph Paul Rogers

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On Sunday November 20, 2011 I suffered a grand mal seizure, and was ultimately diagnosed with a brain tumor in the right frotal lobe of my brain.  For one year following my diagnosis I remained under close observation by my neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins.  Every three months I had to have an MRI to monitor the growth of the tumor.  The first week of December 2012, I received a phone call from Johns Hopkins informing me that my latest MRI had shown growth and that I needed to have surgery.  I scheduled the surgery for Monday December 17, 2012.  My family flew up to DC from Florida and Katie's family came down from New York to be with us through the surgery.  Following surgery I learned from my neurosurgeon that the surgery was a complete success.  The pathology report I received after surgery was likewise incredible news.  I was told that the type of tumor I had was a grade II oligodendroglioma with a 1p/19q codeletion.  Based on the pathology report, oncology determined that it was not necessary for me to undergo radiation or chemotherapy at that time. I had relatively few complications following surgery, but did have some minor cognitive deficits that needed to be addressed.  To correct those deficits I did a month of speech and language therapy.  After completing therapy, I am now back to normal.  I am back to work full-time, back to working out, running, and socializing just like I was before the surgery.

Hopefully my battle with brain cancer is over, but I must stay vigilant in case it does ever return.  I am still going to be having periodic MRI's to make sure it doesn't return unnoticed.  I have certainly been through a lot in the last few years and have come a long way, but I am still not out of the woods yet.

I consider the type of brain tumor I had as "the best of a bad situation."  Other people are not as lucky and are faced with much more aggressive and untreatable types of tumors.  I feel it is my responsibility as a brain cancer survivor to do everything in my power to raise public awareness for brain cancer and conduct fundraising for research into better treatments and a possible cure for brain cancer.  One great way to accomplish both of these goals is through the Race for Hope.  I hope many of my friends and family will join me in accomplishing my goals to raise awareness for brain cancer and fundraise for a cure.

The Race for Hope - DC presented by Cassidy Turley raises funds to support innovative research initiatives and provide information for brain tumor patients and their families. This amazing event relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of individuals, families, teams, volunteers, sponsors and donors. Thank you for your support in helping us find a cure for brain tumors!

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