Me and Julian have been a couple a little over two years now. I would say from the moment we met we’ve spent almost everyday together. He immediately had me wrapped around his finger. His smile, laugh, and energy were like a drug to me. I could never get enough. He’s the most fun, loving, affectionate, social, free-spirited young soul I have ever met. He has the most loving, close, supportive family and friends. He loves his job and the people he works. We love to go out on weekends, attend music festivals every chance we get, and above all, he loves to skate. We talk about getting married and having children. Taking our babies to Coachella and traveling the world. Having nice things like our dream cars, our own house, and just to live well. He just wants to be happy. And I want more than anything for him to be.
About two-three months ago, he first experienced pains in his abdomen which we thought were pretty normal.. Maybe gas? Maybe he ate something bad? Maybe he fell skating and he tore a muscle? We thought so many things and he went to a clinic to get himself checked out. They didn’t find anything in his test results back from his blood or urine. They sent him home and the pain just got worse. He went for a follow up and they did a scan on his abdomen then scheduled him a follow up with a Gastrointestinal Dr.
On Monday, April 2nd 2018, I joined him at this scheduled visit at Kaiser Permanente in Irvine. At this point, he was in so much pain he could barely walk, stand straight, eat, or sleep. Easter Sunday, just the day before he was screaming in agonizing pain the entire day that I spend with him just watching movies at home. A security guard saw us walking up through the emergency room exit and ran out to give us a wheel chair. I took him up, they asked a lot of standards questions, then the GI Dr came in and told us she was alarmed by his scan. In her words, it was very abnormal. She showed us the scan and showed us that he had a lot of free fluid surrounding his organs all around his abdomen and from that pressure it was most likely causing his extreme pain and discomfort. She said from the beginning that in her opinion it looked like symptoms related to cancer but she usually sees this in a much older and not so healthy person.. She kept saying how he is so young, healthy, active, and it doesn’t run in his family.. Things just didn’t seem to add up. She said “let’s hope, this could be some kind of weird inflammation,” that we needed to look into to see what it was caused by. She immediately put us in a hospital room. They drained 3.7 liters of fluid two days later. They tested the fluid.. nothing unusual came back. They then wanted to schedule a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. They did another scan immediately after his procedures and results came back clear except on the scan it did show even more fluid that accumulated within two days of his last procedure that he got it drained. They were very concerned by this and scheduled an exploratory laparotomy surgery to take a look at the outside of his organs.
On Mon April 9th 2018, his father Phil Guerrero and I were told by the GI Dr that the surgeon did find cancer. They GI Dr said from her medical stand point it did look like Stage 4 Peritoneal Carcinomatosis but we needed to wait for results back from the sample they took and sent to pathology. We weren’t losing hope. We still haven’t. His entire family came and filled the waiting room. I called my mom and she drove 3 hrs to come be here by our sides. His friends kept his mind occupied with this news and continued to show their support. The love and energy was so strong. It was so strong that he was willing and able to see everyone that came to see him and he had a smile on his face. I knew he must have been in shock just like I was but it was a very amazing thing to me that he reacted this way. I was so afraid he would shut himself out and not want to see anyone. It gave all of us so much hope.
Thursday April 12th 2018 -Julian was finally diagnosed with Stage 4 Peritoneal Adenocarcinoma (stomach) Cancer. The Dr says this is an incurable cancer, but with chemotherapy it will hopefully reduce this fluid that keeps accumulating and causing him so much pain. We are still getting more information that will hopefully ease the pain of this news, but we don’t really know what to expect until we see how he reacts to this therapy and we will keep fighting. We won’t ever stop.
Please continue to keep showing Julian your support, love, prayers, and positivity. Donate whatever you can to us and his family to help with these medical expenses as well as sustaining a life for us to keep taking care of Julian in this time of need. ANYTHING helps.
There’s two pages going around to help with the families (rent, food, bills, etc.) and I wanted to create this to add more to help more towards medical expenses. Thank you.
❤️ Brittney Elyse
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