Michael Davies was settling into his new position as an executive assistant at a TV production company, planning to move to his own place and establishing roots in West Hollywood when a glioblastoma diagnosis put his plans on hold.

“I was starting my life,” said the 24-year-old who lives in La Habra, California.

He decided to postpone his move to West Hollywood.
I do whatever I have to do to make sure I’m living as much of my normal life as possible.

In the face of his diagnosis, Michael strives to maintain normalcy and continue his personal and professional pursuits. He enjoys the entertainment industry and appreciates the foundational knowledge he’s gaining from working in the legal department of a TV production company. He has always been fascinated by TV and movie making, and studied the industry in college. He hopes one day to work in development for a network while also engaging his passion for writing and performing stand-up comedy. Writing and humor have helped Michael cope with his diagnosis.

Michael begins each day with a commute to West Hollywood and participates in a recreational sports league twice a week after work. On weekends, he spends time with friends, relaxes and exercises. He recently visited Las Vegas, one of his favorite cities.

“I do whatever I have to do to make sure I’m living as much of my normal life as possible,” Michael said.

He feels optimistic that researchers will one day find a cure. However, today, he aims to maintain a positive attitude and remain focused on moving his life forward.

“I just hope that one day this will all be behind me and I’ll still be living the normal life that I’m trying to live now,” he said. “I just want to be happy.”


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