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Let's Help Josh Beat Brain Cancer

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On 9/5/2020 Josh had a three seizures in the middle of the night which was pretty scary for himself, Dianne and the family. On 9/9/2020, we were able to get Josh to go to the hospital to see what was going on. After hours at the hospital with numerous tests, the doctors informed him that he had brain cancer.  The tumor that they found was the size of a golf ball.  He had to stay in the local hospital for a few days, and because of the COVID restrictions he was not able to see any family including his son, Conner, which was very hard with the news that he just received. We did not know much about the tumor or what the treatment would entail.  What we did know is that we needed to be there for Josh, Dianne and Connor as much as possible. A couple weeks had gone by before he got an appt in Portland on 9/25/2020 to talk to the specialist and surgeons to make a plan. Shortly after the Portland appt he received a call and found out that he has a appt on 10/26/2020 with anesthesiologist/pre-op. Surgery is scheduled on 10/28/2020 which is going to be very extensive and comes with a very long recovery.

          With this surgery comes unknown risks and complications. One thing we know is that he is going to lose any remaining hearing in the right ear that has not already been affected by the tumor. He could possibly lose control in the right side of his face, as well as the little balance he has left after his hit and run motorcycle accident in December 2009 that almost took his life. Balance is a big concern for him, as he is still an avid motorcycle rider. Losing more of his balance may mean that he may not be able to ride on 2 wheels any longer, which is really devastating for him as he grew up riding. With how the tumor is pressing on some major nerves, it is possible that they may not be able to remove it entirely.  He may need to have a shunt put in his brain if his brain if the blood flow is not adequate to ensure no further damage is caused.  They say that recovery could be anywhere from a couple months to up to a year.  There is a possibility that he could struggle mentally from the damage that the tumor has already caused by pushing on his brain meaning recovery could take longer.

         With the pandemic and recent fires we know that many struggle financially.  However, Josh could really use the extra help financially during all of this. Josh was the sole provider for his family, as Dianne stayed home to be the caretaker of their son who had open heart surgery at 4 months old. Most of you who know Josh, know he would do anything for anyone and is an absolute blessing to our family.  He is an amazing father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.  He touches every ones lives he comes to know some way or somehow.  Josh has been through so much already between losing a house in a fire, almost losing his life in the hit and run accident, to his son having heart issues, and now this.  We know he is a fighter, a real-life superhero to our family and he will pull through this.

          Thank you all for your support and prayers as he and our family have needed them.  Also, thank you for taking the time to read this. All the help that will come from this will make sure that Josh can focus on his recover instead of all the medical, travel and everyday life expenses. We will keep this updated so that all of you can see Josh’s recovery and how your help has made an impact.  If you would like to donate through venmo or cashapp you can do so using the user names below.

Cashapp $JoshEssenyi84
Two Pees in a Pod here

Such a Beautiful family

Father like son 

He's his dad's boy 

Daddy's Boy

Some sibling love

They are both kind of mommas boys

Father like son 

Amazing picture of him and his ride or die 

Reversed image of the tumor that is on his right side

Another angle of the tumor

Best buds forever

He will never give this up if it is his choice

2 or 4 wheels hard to keep him off them

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Joe Serna
Eugene, OR
Joshua Essenyi
Kelly Serna
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