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10 Years After Terminal Diagnosis, Minn. Man Still Fighting Brain Cancer

THE CITY WOULD LIKE TO OBTAIN

SIGNATURES FROM RESIDENTS ONLY

BEFORE MONDAY CITY COUNCIL

MEETING.

DOCTORS GAME HIM 18 MONTHS

TO LIVE WHEN THEY DISCOVERED A

BRAIN TUMOR.

NOW, TEN YEARS LATER, HE'S

STILL BEATING THE ODDS.

HE CELEBRATED TONIGHT.

HE THANKED THEM FOR THEIR

SUPPORT BUT HIS SPECIAL BOND

WITH HIS DOCTOR IS ONE HE FEELS

HE WOULDN'T HAVE THE SURVIVED

WITHOUT.

YOUR WHOLE WORLD STOPS.

THEN YOU TRY TO PICK OUT WHAT

WENT WRONG AND HOW TO DID IT GO

WRONG AND WHY.

AND YOU CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT.

SUPER HEROES, COME IN MANY

FORMS.

I JUST THINK WE TOOK IT A

DAY AT A TIME AND KIND OF WENT

FROM THERE.

FIGHTING SAME VILLAIN FOR

TEN YEARS.

ONE OF THE DEADLIEST CANCER A

GOLF BALL SIZED TUMOR IN MS.

BRAIN.

ALL OF THE ISSUE -- IN HIS

BRAIN.

ALL OF THE WHILE, HE'S BEEN

SURROUNDED BY FAMILY, FRIENDS,

AND DR. RICHARD PETERSON.

IT'S A JOY TO BE ABLE TO BE

HERE AND CELEBRATE THIS WITH

BRIAN AND MICHELLE AND HIS

FAMILY.

THE TWO MEN ARE THE SAME

AGE.

46.

WE AREN'T GOING TO LET HIM

GO.

THE SHAYS LIKE DR. PETERSON

SO MUCH THEY HAVE CONTINUED

SEEING HIM EVERY FEW MONTHS

HERE IN MINNESOTA EVEN THOUGH

THEY MOVED TO KANSAS FIVE YEARS

AGO.

NEVER QUESTIONED US, AND HE

SHOT STRAIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT WE WANTED.

Reporter: BRIAN'S CASE IS

EXTREMELY RARE.

HIS BODY RESPONDED BETTER THAN

MOST TO CHEMOTHERAPY AND

RADIATION.

HE STILL NEEDS CHECK UPS EVERY

FEW MONTHS WITH DR. PETERSON TO

SEE IF THE TUMOR HAS CHANGED AT

ALL THE.

TYPICALLY WE WOULD TELL

SOMEONE THAT THEY HAVE MONTHS.

MAYBE 18 MONTHS TO LIVE.

I THINK IT ALL GOES BACK TO THE

POSITIVE ATTITUDE.

THE WAY BRIAN AND MICHELLE

APPROACH LIFE.

THE SUPPORT THAT THEY HAVE.

Reporter: DR. PETERSON SAYS

THAT ATTITUDE IS BRIAN'S SUPER

POWER.

ONE MOST PEOPLE HAVE BUT MAY

NOT ALWAYS USE.

STAY POSITIVE.

YOU'RE GIVEN PROBLEMS IN LIFE.

JUST STICK WITH IT.

AND BE POSITIVE ABOUT IT.

Reporter: WCCO4 NEWS.

BRIAN HAD TO GIVE UP HIS

JOB WORKING ON THE RAILROAD

WHEN HE WAS DIAGNOSED AT THE

JUST 36 YEARS OLD.

HE FOCUSES MOST OF HIS ENERGY

EACH DAY NOW ON HIS WIFE AND

TWO DAUGHTERS.