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Local teen graduates high school while battling brain cancer

TUCSON –  Julia Moser has spent more time in a hospital bed than any 18-year-old should ever have to experience.

“It’s crazy but I have no choice so you kind of just got to do it, the best you can,” Julia Moser said.

A year ago, Julia had a brain bleed. Doctors removed half of her skull to relieve the pressure. After a tumor was found last November, Julia was diagnosed with brain cancer – Stage 4 Glioblastoma.

“It’s hard, it’s a lot. I went from having a normal life to just everything just going horrible,” she said.

We first profiled Julia in April when she was too sick to attend her prom at Palo Verde High School. A make-shift prom made its way to Banner UMC.

Julia Moser

After 23 straight days in the hospital, hooked up to machines, Julia came home two weeks ago and she dreamed of going to her graduation.

Wheeled out onto the football field by her boyfriend Andres, Julia graduated high school, on time, with her friends.

“I’m so happy because I’m here and I’m graduating and it’s crazy,” she said.

“It’s just uncertain what’s going to happen so being that we’re actually here is a miracle in itself,” her father Russ said.

Doctors weren’t sure she would survive this long, but what they couldn’t forecast is just how much fight is in this 18-year-old Tucsonan.

“I did it,” Julia said. “I’m like really here. I didn’t think I was going to do it but I did.”

Julia’s last scans earlier this week showed the cancer was stable in her brain and spine. Some of the cancer in her bones has disappeared.

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