Max Larios

Married Father 63 years young

My name is Max Larios and I was a successful Business Owner and main bread winner in my household for 27 years, but in 2008, I suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes.  As a result of the stroke, I was left with a partial disability on the left arm and leg.  I was no longer able to work and being a Business Owner, I had no medical insurance and found myself in a financial hardship.

On May 31, 2011, I believed I was suffering from another stroke, and was taken to the ER.  After an extensive CT scan and MRI, I learned that it wasn’t a stroke, but 3 brain tumors.

On June 4, 2011, I had a craniotomy to remove and biopsy two of the three tumors. The third tumor was too large, deep, and dangerous to remove. After the biopsy results I was diagnosed with Brain Cancer (Glioblastoma) on June 7, 2011.

After battling Diabetes for several years, I am now faced with the challenge of finding additional strength to overcome this new illness. With hopes of shrinking the third tumor I will receive heavy treatment .

Our financial overhead increased with new medications and frequent doctor visits.  We have seen some tough times. With my disability, I require 24 hour assistance and care, leaving my wife unable to work, in order to assist me. It has been a bit of a challenge with our income decreasing so drastically. 

I am 63 years young, yet this illness seems to have aged me rapidly.  I live in Corona, California and will be commuting to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California to begin my treatment.   With my cancer being incurable, I have hope that with heavy treatment, that final tumor will shrink and allow me more time.  Additional treatment will depend on the results of the first attempt.

I have much to learn about cancer and all that is associated with it; however, I have come to learn that it is an illness that has no prejudice and forces those suffering from it to fight against it with aggression.  My strength comes from my wife and children that have been extremely supportive during this difficult time in my life.  Cancer has begun to consume me, and there may be more to come, yet my family’s help in fighting this battle is giving me the drive to fight even harder.

My battle is beginning and will turn into a fast-speed race soon.   In the process, I will continue to do all that I can so I can be a survivor, like many others in hopes to have another opportunity in life… Please help Max and buy a Don’t Worry Be Happy shirt. Join Max’s family and friends at the Brain Tumor walk 9/17/11 in Fountain Valley and donate for Max.