by Debra Melani
Three things helped Michael Jozwiak through a brain tumor diagnosis: faith, technology and finding the right doctor. Faith kicked in first, when his primary-care physician gave him the jolting news instead of a prescription for a heavy-duty pain reliever, which is what the 47-year-old Colorado Springs resident had expected.
“I knew everything was going to be just fine. I just started looking for the next steps to get the problem solved.” -- Michael Jozwiak, patient
“I didn’t really know how to process it,” says Jozwiak, who had gone to his doctor for “intense temporal headaches” that had bothered him for about three weeks early last summer. “It was a surprise.” But faith kept fear from settling in and helped him focus, he says. “I knew everything was going to be just fine. I just started looking for the next steps to get the problem solved.”