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Strength of a Father: Dad Survives Terminal Brain Cancer With New Therapy and Family Support

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With the help of a new treatment and the constant love and support from his wife and three daughters, this dad lives to see another Father's Day

Father's Day weekend is upon us and every family, with their own unique set of values and unique history, will be spending Dad's big day in a number of special ways.

For some families, Father's Day is just another day. Sure, we give a little more attention to Dad and we thank him for all of his hard work and effort, but then the day passes and it's back to a regular schedule. While we'd love for Father's Day to be every day of the year, it's just once a year and we have to make the most of it.

For Lea Grover, her three kids, and her husband, Father's Day is a little more than just appreciating dad. It's a day in which they're truly thankful that they can share the day with Dad--then again they're thankful for that luxury everyday of the year.

Grover's husband was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a radical form of brain cancer, nine years ago. In fact, he was diagnosed before they were married. He had initially not wanted to subject his then fiancee to his struggles. "He seemed to ask how I could marry him, knowing in less than a year, he'd be gone," Grover recalls. "I told him he wasn't going anywhere."

Courtesy Lea Grover

Nine years, and three kids later, the courageous and strong father has survived the terminal illness with the love and support from his family, and a wide variety of treatments and therapy. Grover's husband has found success in beating the illness through a new form of treatment called an Optune. In Grover's words, it's "a backpack that kills brain cancer."

"It's a device he wears on his head that bombards his brain with electrical currents set to the frequency of the cellular mitosis of his tumor cells. My husband wears a set of transducer arrays in stickers on his scalp. He carries a machine and battery pack that power the transducers. Where the beams of electrical currents meet, tumor cells are ripped apart. It's not chemo, it's more like science fiction," she explains.

 

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