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Exercise to fight Glioblastomas – Brain Cancer

Big Dog following brain surgery in early Feb 2012

Exercise to fight Glioblastomas – Brain Cancer

Chemo therapy and radiation begins today, March 12, and I am optimistic that the combination of things will provide the necessary ammunition in my fight against brain cancer.

It’s tough enough to learn that I have brain cancer, but add to it the diagnoses that I’m in stage IV of glioblastoma multiformes (GBM) it becomes more worrisome.

I believe that a combination of exercise, a healthy diet, positive attitude, a loving and supportive spouse all contribute to adding years to an otherwise gloomy prediction.

I don’t feel sick and am doing 50 miles of jogging/walking per week.  The walking/jogging is split 50-50 with 25 miles of each. 

Eatining papaya everyday and lots of green leafy veggies.  Feel good as each day is a beautiful day.  Keeping the faith, thanks to my many friends.   Looking forward to hosting the marathon on Sunday.

If there are others out there that are fighting glioblastoma I’d like to hear from you either on this blog or by emailing me at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

We are all in this fight together.  

Related links:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/staying-healthy-and-fit-helps-in-times-of-adversity-brain-tumor-removal/


Big Dog today


March 12, 2012 - Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , ,


  1. You are the strongest, bravest man I know.
    I know your positive attitude will bring you many many more years to come.
    I am blessed to have you in my life.
    I am walking through this life next to you all the way.
    You have so many friends and family that are here to support you
    and they have offered you so many beautiful gifts of friendship.
    Must be because of all you do for others.
    Kulia I ka Nu’u

    Comment by RAJ | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  2. Wow! I guess this is a testament to how unpredictable life can be sometimes. If anyone can fight this, it is certainly you! Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday. Take care.

    Comment by Chris | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  3. And the support of your loving daughter. I love you, papa.

    Comment by Jaclynn | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  4. It’s not only the medicine but the will… I completely agree. I’ve seen patients I’ve cared for with wonderful, strong attitudes do so well and others who give up do poorly. Stay positive, continue to take care of yourself, and enjoy the sunshine and the people you love every day. Life is fragile no matter what age we are. You continue to inspire all of us with your strength and determination and we all will be rooting for you!! -jn

    Comment by Jimmy Nguyen | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  5. Wayne Big Dog. New York is with you all the way. We have faith that all is working for good. You have strength beyond what can be seen. We love you.

    Comment by Gary | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  6. I saw your story about your cancer and I
    wanted to give you some encouragement and support.

    I worked in the Oncology unit at Queens when I first became a nurse,
    and I noticed that people that laughed a lot and had a positive outlook
    on life did better than others who did not. I use to study Healing Touch
    and read a lot about laughter therapy and this may be something you may
    want to look into. Any other positive things( ie meditation) you can do
    for yourself will certainly help.

    You’ve done so much for the running community and there are a lot of
    people praying for you including myself. I wish you well and I look
    forward to reading more of your columns.

    My prayers are with you.

    Comment by Cindy | March 13, 2012 | Reply

  7. We run for you Big Dog! Keep up the positivity! see you on Sunday

    Comment by Leo Pike | March 16, 2012 | Reply

  8. Hi, my name is Debra, I am 58 and I too am fighting stage 4 glioblastoma. I was diagnosed in early Feb of 2012 following some wild audio hallucinations. I have gone through 28 days of radiation along with daily doses of Temador. I am now doing Temador twice a day every 28 days and having MRI’s every couple of months. I was told that if my next 2 MRI”s are clear I would be able to come off the chemo. I too have a very positive attitude and rise each morning to a cocktail of freshly juiced beets, kale, lemon, orange,celery, carrots and apples with blueberries/blackberries thrown in on occasion. I’m walking about a mile and a half each day and trying to do more. Needless to say…I am concerned. Not being married or having any children makes me a lil anxious about what would happen should this come back on me. I found your blog and was inspired and am now more hopeful. Keep up the good work and respond if you get time

    Comment by Debra | July 8, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Debra, I am so glad you contacted me. Continue to do what you are doing and always maintain a positive attitude! Contact me at waiakeabigdog@aol.com anytime you feel like talking.
      Good news about your MRI’s
      You are not alone in this fight.
      Where are you from?

      Positive thoughts and prayers are with you. aloha

      Comment by waynejoseph | July 8, 2012 | Reply

  9. Hi. I am British but took early retirement and moved to Spain. was diagnosed with a brain tumour about 5 weeks ago. A week later I was on the operating table having it removed. Turns out it was a Grade 4 glioblastoma multiform. Radiotherapy along with Temador starts in 5 days time. Everyone says that having a positive attitude isca great help. The support and help that I have had from my wife, all of the family and friends and so many ex-colleagues has been amazing and helped me feel so positive about the future. I find it amazong that just three weeks after major surgery inside my head I can be out walking the dogs. Looking forward to a long future. All the best to fellow sufferers.

    Comment by Steve Goodman | November 9, 2012 | Reply

    • It is important to have a good outlook and supportive family and friends. Sound like you already have those two.

      Comment by waynejoseph | November 9, 2012 | Reply

  10. Aaron and I are wishing you well and sending positive thoughts your way.
    Best wishes to you, Randee, and daughter Jackie.

    \Linbda and Aaron

    Comment by Linda Santos | December 12, 2012 | Reply

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