Former WFLA meteorologist David Grant was enjoying retirement after a 40-year career that took him across the country, when he had stomach pain while on vacation.
His retirement until then had been what he had looked forward to: golf, tennis, yard work, and spending time with his wife, Beverly.
But, during a trip to the mountains two years ago, David's stomach pain wouldn't go away.
"So, when we came back we went to the doctor and he took a CT scan," Grant said, "Just started there. That was Nov. 7, two years ago."
The diagnosis was pancreatic cancer.
"So it was the size of a lemon, but it encases a major blood vessel, two major blood vessels and so it's inoperable," he said.
The diagnosis was unexpected, after years of good health.
"I've always been so healthy, you know," said Grant, 79. "I was never sick, never missed work. So it was a shock. So you just start your steps and start to deal with it."
Grant and his doctor then took an aggressive approach to fighting cancer.
"Most people will last five months. We went into radiation and took really big doses of radiation and that shrunk it a little bit and we've been on chemo since then," he said.
"I've been so lucky I have had literally no pain and that's a godsend," Grant said. "And I don't take any pain killers to speak of at all."
He wears the color purple a lot lately, the color for pancreatic cancer awareness.
Grant has lived with this aggressive form of cancer for two years. But now, the doctors tell him, there's nothing more they can do. But that prognosis cannot change his positive outlook on everything — including cancer.
"We've had two years of just a wonderful life. Wonderful, and so we're ready to accept that I don't know how much longer. It may be three months from now, six months from now and if I'm really lucky, you and I may be talking a year from now."
And his best friend Beverly will be with him through it all. His career took them to Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, and Oklahoma City before landing as the chief meteorologist at WFLA in Tampa.
"We've never been depressed about this because Beverly is such a wonderful sidekick," Grant said. "I guess you'd say she really is a buddy not a wife, not this, not that — a buddy."
Since his retirement in 1999, he and Beverly have done everything together.
"Everybody says Beverly and I are joined at the hip and they're not far off, really not far off," David Grant said. "We enjoy each other and literally are around each other all the time."