'Your Stories': Brittany Maynard chose to end her life when diagnosed with cancer. This mother made a different choice.


"Below you will find a small part of my Mom's incredible journey with Glioblastoma, the same cancer that Brittany Maynard had. We did have to make some tough decisions, but we feel blessed, because Mom has done unbelievably well with the disease so far.

The attached picture was of an unforgettable moment for my Mom, myself, and our family. On May 2nd of this year, Mom had brain surgery to remove a large mass that was discovered in her brain. Shortly thereafter, her doctors informed us that she had something called Glioblastoma, which is a Grade IV brain tumor. It is widely regarded as the most deadly form of human cancer.

Her doctors informed us that the median survival time for Glioblastoma patients, who receive the standard of care treatment, including chemotherapy and brain radiation, is 12 – 14 months. They also informed us of the risks of brain damage associated with this type and dose of radiation.

Not that there is ever a good time to have this kind of diagnosis, but Mom’s came at a particularly bad time. Mom intended to see her youngest son (me) get married on August 16th of this year, and her first grandchild (from my older brother) born a week later. Many patients are bedridden mere months after their Glioblastoma diagnosis, and some do not live more than a couple of months.

I don’t know if it was crazy or just emotionally immature, or what really drove us, but we did not accept Mom’s prognosis. I spent hundreds of hours scouring the Internet reading studies, news articles, and patient accounts of this disease, searching for a glimmer of hope. I befriended patients and families whose stories I read on the Internet, and spent hours with them on the phone.

After much soul searching, and many events that I can only ascribe to divine intervention, Mom finally decided to attempt a very specific set of alternative cancer therapies. Thanks to God, Mom’s treatment choice, and some incredible people, Mom is still with us. She is doing very well.

My Mom has the same cancer that Brittany Maynard had. I am glad that Mom chose (and continues to choose) to fight, and to live every minute of life that she has left. However, I don’t believe she will be leaving us any time soon. As of writing this, we still have no clear evidence that Mom’s cancer has returned. This is a picture of my Mom and I during our dance at my wedding reception. In May, we didn’t even know if Mom would last until August. Not only is she still here, she danced more than I did at the wedding. It was an incredible day, and this picture captures it perfectly.

In light of my Mom's and Brittany Maynard's stories, I cannot emphasize the following message strongly enough: Human beings are people, not statistics. Every disease, every patient, and every case is different. As long as you are still breathing there is still hope. My family and I know this to be true."

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Wokeness has taken over the American left — or at least the elite — and the corporate media is leading the charge. But the left's "Great Awokening" is actually fueling a great awakening of average liberals, including this week's guest on "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Newsweek deputy opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon joined Glenn after taking CNN's Brian Stelter to school about wokeness on his own show "Reliable Sources".

Batya reviewed the biggest takeaways from her new book, "Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy," including how journalists have abandoned the working class, how she overcame Trump derangement syndrome, why the left hates conservative media, and why there's much more that unites us than divides us.

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Bill O'Reilly says the biggest story of the week is the latest Biden vs. Trump feud, centering on the 'executive privilege' of former presidents. President Biden has threatened to write an order declaring Trump's executive privilege nonexistent, so the January 6th House panel can gain access to the former administration's documents and records. But an executive order from President Obama's time in office may get in the way. O'Reilly breaks down the whole story…

The World Economic Forum just held a 'Great Narrative' meeting in Dubai, led by WEF founder Klaus Schwab. And this 'Great Narrative' could give world elites even more power to further their 'Great Reset' agenda. During the meeting, they called for the creation of a 'story for the future' to lead 'humankind.' Not only is this 'freaking terrifying,' Glenn says, but it's the 'SCARIEST thing he's seen.'

Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) is a small business supporter who knows firsthand how government overreach can hurt everyday Americans. She joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to dig into President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" bill and expose how the shocking proposals in the bill will destroy our country.

"I have seen this movie before. I've lived it. My family, we lost everything because people in Washington did not read the damn bill," began Cammack, whose family was evicted from their home and livelihood in 2011 when an Obama-era program forced them to lose their cattle ranch.

"And now you see that it's happening again. This is the Twilight Zone. You've got bills that are being changed in the dead of night. And not only is no one reading it, but then [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi changes the procedures and the rule on the bill, which is really just a way of saying they're going to prevent us from forcing a reading of the bill on the House floor. And, call me crazy, but I think that you should have to sign a piece of paper that says, 'I read this bill. I understand what is in it' in order to vote on it. Because when you're spending that kind of money, and you're making decisions for millions of Americans, are you or are you not a member of the House of Representatives? Do you represent the people, and can you speak on their behalf? Certainly not, if you cannot read the bill," she added.

Cammack goes on to describe some of the most "insane" proposals hidden inside the "Build Back Better" bill and what you can do to "shut it down."

"It's up to us to make sure that we are louder than ever in voicing our concerns and shutting [the bill] down," she warned. "Call your members of Congress. Go to House.gov. You type in your zip code. You find out who your member is. You call their D.C. office. Don't send an email. Emails can be ignored. Phone calls cannot. Call their offices. Tell them to vote no on the 'Build Back Better' plan. And call every single day. Get every coworker, family member, neighbor you've got. We can shut it down. But they need to know they're on notice and that we, the American people, are watching.

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