9 Years Since Brain Surgery

9 years ago from today I didn’t know if I’d ever wake up again.

After 6 hours in surgery along with 75 staples, 16 stitches, and 4 titanium screws in my head, I woke up.

At this point, for the first time in over a year, I was no longer in pain. Despite the paperwork listing risk factors I was faced with surgery that I had to sign off on, I woke up and could see, move, hear, breath, and I was alive!

I first saw my younger brother, parents, grand parents, and friends.

This was the greatest day of my life as I have known it and am incredibly grateful for the shift in perspective this experience gave me.

The fact that I’ve gone through worse things in my life since then is a testament to my belief in perspective being essential to life and then mental/physical strength my family and BMX have instilled in me from a young age.

Today, despite 2 more diagnosis’s in 2012 & 2017, resulting in me living with 4 brian tumors, I live life on my own terms and have dedicated my life to serving and supporting others.

I want others to know that I’m nothing special and no different than all of you. All the success in my personal and business life have come from my mindset: a belief in what I desire, a belief in myself to accomplish my goals, perseverance to never give up, perspective that shit could always be worse, and the positive stubbornness to not take “no” for an answer.

I don’t believe in excuses, just choices.

YOU choose what to believe, think, and do in YOUR life. No one else.

Choose wisely.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️