After finding two tumors in Jacob's brain and a tumor in his lung on Friday, November 3rd Jacob was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. Jacob and his wife Tiffany have a very long road ahead of them but are very optimistic and ready to fight and beat cancer!
As we all know what will come with this fight is financial strain. Many of you know Jacob is self-employed. With the medical bills that will soon be coming in and the time Jacob and Tiffany are both going to have to take off work, it’s not going to be easy.
The love and outreach they have had from family, friends and the community has been so amazing. They are feeling the love, prayers and support and it is lifting them up during this difficult time.
If you know Jacob you are bound to love his fun loving personality and sense of humor. He and Tiffany are always the ones lending out a helping hand and never asking for anything in return. Now it’s time that we send back some of that love and support to the Rodrigues family. Anything you can donate would be greatly appreciated.
From Jacob's Facebook page:
"For those unaware on Sunday, October 29th 8:55 pm at 36 years old I suffered a stroke that at the time I thought was my end. Earlier in the day (around 11) I had a strange experience where my right arm began flailing uncontrollably by what I can only describe as if you cut the head off a snake and the subsequent body’s reaction. I should’ve heeded this warning sign then instead considering it a freak event which had lasted at the time about 2 minutes. When I had my larger seizure that evening I felt and correctly had but 3 seconds to call out for my wife who without any doubt saved my life that day. For but 3 seconds after I yelled for her my jaw, arms, legs and abdomen area had All begin to seize simultaneously and though I felt AND I tried to fight this off, an immense heat overtook my body, numbing, lockjaw, convulsion and ultimate paralysis - the last thing I remember is losing ability to breathe and eyes fading out while I saw the horror on my wife’s face, no sounds - surely the end.
Without her quick thinking to yank me to the floor from the bed, pull my tongue back from retracting into my throat and also clearing foam out of my throat to perform CPR I would not be here today. Apparently, as air regained slowly in my lungs while she tilted my head back I jumped up then out again and again did the same thing (of which I have no recollection) when I woke again I was surrounded by firemen and paramedics on my bedroom floor.
I have since been diagnosed with 2 brain tumors on my left side and a maste the size of a apricot on my lungs, likely attributed to a melanoma I had on my sideburn right side of face from 3 years ago. Cleared margins then yet somehow these bad skin cells potentially evaded the area and formed elsewhere in my body.
The past few days I have had numerous neurological and blood tests done, 4 Cat scans, 2 mri’s, 2 chest X-rays and samples taken from my lungs to determine the above. My options were limited but included immediate brain surgery to remove the tumors as most afflicting, seizure causing and focus on lungs down the road, as a non-smoker it was not lung cancer but isolated area where they determined melanoma as the maste. Yesterday I had 4 samples taken thru my back rib cage to the lungs and still waiting the results for certainty. By chance and grace of god this morning the counties top oncologists, radiologists and neurologists happened to meet for their quarterly “tumor board” and my case was taken and discussed. Numerous experts there felt I qualified best for the “gamma knife” method which is highly focused 200 rays of precision radio surgery that can penetrate my skull and brain matter with no affect but where they converge together as one and have tremendous success and also eliminate the need for conventional surgery that can cause for loss of motor skills and feeling to my right side which is where the tumors exists. Located in the left parietal area of the cerebral where the tumors were bleeding to cause the stroke.
I was prepared today for surgery as I cannot face a seizure/stroke as I did 3 days ago again but was assured by the experts this along with immunotherapy and eventual radiation will beat this disease with much more precision. I am home now, hugged my kids and now scheduling treatment in Thousand Oaks for gamma knife next week and under control of seizure Meds until such time.
I want to thank literally the hundreds of prayers and people reaching out by word of mouth to my condition and just know I intend to fight this with everything I have. It will be a long road and already many to thank for helping lighten my day to day in the meantime. Taking my kids out to enjoy Halloween and keep up their day to day. I’m scared but vigilant and optimistic this will soon be all behind me.
I owe the rest of my life to my incredible wife and will never ever forget that. Where she got the strength as small as she is to pull me to the floor and do what she did without a thought chokes me up every time. It is with the support of my family, in-laws, incredible friends and work associates that I can now rest and focus on my next few months ahead of me with more comfort and strength to do what I have to so I can harass all of you for decades to come and get back to work when the time is right. I feel 100% with my brains abilities currently, motor skills on point and zero speech deficits thank god. So many lucky factors here to be grateful for with this outcome and no surgery after all today.
Personal stories have gotten me through my greatest fears here and ask anyone who has one to please share them in a PM with me. Life surely is a gift, never lose sight of that."
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