Originally Posted September 21, 2016
CCN’s September 20th Hero is Austin
I am 21 years old and was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-operable brain cancer – Mixed Malignant Germinoma. I had 2 years of treatment, a re-occurrence after one segment of treatment, 3 brain surgeries, stem-cell transplant, and then in February of 2013 I had my first clean MRI scan. I am now over 31/2 years of clean MRI scans! If I could say anything to my cancer it would be, “You suck, but at least I kicked your ass out of my head!” If I could travel anywhere it would be to any of the tropic islands or places really green like Iceland or New Zealand. My favorite food is Mongolian BBQ because I can eat as much food as I want! Special things I did before treatments were going to Mongolian BBQ restaurants, see movies, go to other great restaurants with great food, enjoy Kombuchas, spend time with family and friends, laugh and have a good time being abnormal!
Motto: Never give up! It’s only brain surgery! Comedy in the face of adversity.