Jason Flatt

Nashville TN Fox 17 - Jason Flatt

It's not what happens, but what happens next that counts.  This is the way I look at life.  I have had brain cancer for nearly a quarter of a century.  Here's my story. 

I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I grew up in a small town outside of Raleigh called Youngsville.  I seemed normal as a kid.  Played sports.  Got into trouble.  Things all kids do.  At 10 years of age, I started having balance issues.  I started throwing up once a week.  My parents took me to the doctor's office.  They always misdiagnosed me.  They would say "It's a virus"  or "It's just inner-ear"  I was told later in life that a small town doctor's officer usually never treats a person with brain cancer. 

On July 18th 1995, the doctors at Wake Forest Family Physicians ran a CT Scan.  They found a huge mass and rushed me to Duke University in Durham NC.  I was diagnosed with an Astrocytoma.  I spend weeks in the hospital and weeks later at Lennox Baker Children's Hospital.  I had to learn everything again.  How to talk, how to walk, even how to put on my socks.  I went through 3 rounds of chemotherapy and several surgeries.  Nearly 25 years later,  I am alive and well in  Cookeville Tennessee.  I have a house and a beautiful fiancee named Nora.  We have a beagle named Muffin.