This 43-year-old dad was perfectly healthy. Then a mysterious headache struck

Thousands of Americans will get the same diagnosis this year.

7/21/2021 6:18:00 PM

This 43-year-old dad was perfectly healthy. Then a mysterious headache struck

Thousands of Americans will get the same diagnosis this year.

because they grow tentacles into the brain, which are impossible to remove. They're also resistant to conventional therapy. Patients can die within months without treatment.“I understood what it meant. I didn't go through a lot of the ‘Why me?’ or ‘How did this happen?’ because I asked my neurosurgeon, ‘How do you get this?’ And he just flat out said, ‘We don't know,’” South recalled.

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“I just told everybody (in my family), don't go Googling this… I need to be positive and I need inspiration.”July 10, 202005:35After he recovered from surgery, he and his wife went into action mode to decide what’s next. There’s no cure for glioblastoma and the standard treatment protocol still comes with a poor survival rate. South wanted to take part in a clinical trial that would offer other options and found one at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Starting in April, he received chemotherapy in pill form, plus radiation to his head, every day, five days a week, for six weeks — a brutal regimen that left him feeling “like an old man,” he said, especially after the radiation.South hugs his sons. The treatment for glioblastoma left him feeling like "an old man," so he's focused on building up his strength. headtopics.com

Courtesy Eric SouthSouth’s brain MRI at the end of that treatment was clear and he’ll continue to fly back to Texas every 60 days for scans. He has to pay for that travel out of his own pocket, just as he did for the six-week stay in Houston for the clinical trial.

He and his wife were taken aback by how little funding there is for glioblastoma research and how little information there is for patients to navigate the system, so he launched the Gladiator Project, a non-profit to help others “fight like gladiators.”

The project was partially named after abrain foodshake made by a local eatery and dubbed “the Gladiator,” which South’s doctor recommended he make at home. The smoothie contains dark leafy greens, berries, protein powder and MCT oil. South drinks it every day. He’s also eliminated added sugar from his diet and exercises every day.

Feb. 26, 202104:53Life is not back to normal, he said, but he’s able to shoot hoops and throw a baseball with his sons, who are 6 and 8 years old, and go on long walks with his wife.He's on short-term leave from his job as a manager as he continues his recovery from the surgery and treatment. headtopics.com

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After his diagnosis and surgery, South went into action mode: "OK, what do we do? And my wife is a huge part of that," he said.Courtesy Eric SouthThe focus is on the battle ahead. Read more: »

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