(Above Image) James on August 3rd after the successful resection surgery to remove part of his temporal lobe.
As James described the symptoms leading up to the sobering news, “I started having temporal lobe seizures mid-July of this year. They weren’t the fall on the ground type seizures. They consisted of an upcoming sneeze that never materialized, that then morphed quickly into a phantom smell (I will never be able to describe it); then I got tunnel vision and felt like I was going to pass out.”
After one last seizure that took place during a river rapids kayaking trip, James, along with his beautiful girlfriend Ali (an absolute sweetheart, BTW), decided to have a necessary initial resection surgery to determine the diagnosis. A few weeks later, James learned he had a form of brain cancer known as Anaplastic Astrocytoma Grade 3 (which occurs in 5-8 people per 100,000), and that he would need radiation treatment.
James was ultimately recommended to seek treatment at the world-class MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, where he is now almost done receiving a series of radiation sessions that, God willing, will get him healthy and back on the mend. But James asked me, without ever requesting a dime of support for himself, if I might call attention to the incredible support he received from two charities in Houston.