Beating the odds despite fatal statistics
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Davids’ continued treatment successfully until September 2011, when something showed up on his MRI. “To this day no one is exactly sure what was on that MRI — whether the cancer actually came back or my brain went through some slight anomaly that they couldn’t explain but to be cautious I was put back on [the brain cancer treatment drug] and resumed chemotherapy until it disappeared,” he said. “I’m not a woe is me type of person; if something is there I want to take care of it and move on.”
Nina, Davids’ wife, said her perspective on life changed completely since her husband’s diagnosis. “Marc has the most wonderful attitude and would not allow me to fall down that rabbit hole. He insisted we were going to fight it to the best of our ability and we had to focus on the positive and take action,” she said. “I have learned to take each day as it comes and cherish it.”
Since his scare in 2011, Davids has been cancer-free and living a normal life with Nina and their two daughters, Rachil, a junior at Cornell University and Alexa, a junior at Hewlett High School.
He continues to monitor the cancer at NYU’s Cancer Center. “It’s hard for something like this to not change your life but I’m a positive person and know that this is not something I can control,” he said. “I can’t tell you that I’m not scared every two months on MRI day but my wife and I try to make the best of it.”