In one day, Luis went from a typical healthy Father, Son, Brother, and Husband to a person battling a severe brain tumor.
In early November 2017, Luis was complaining of constant headaches. These headaches increased and became unbearable which prompted Luis to go seek medical attention. Luis went to the hospital and after further testing doctors discovered a mass in his brain. Luis had emergency surgery to remove the mass and started treatment.
Luis was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Luis faced his diagnosis with inspiring positivity. Changing his diet and exercising daily. Treatment consisted of multiple rounds of chemotherapeutic and radiation treatments. Luis was feeling great and back to enjoying life with his family.
Our hearts were broken again to find out that within 8 months Luis’s brain cancer returned aggressively. Unfortunately, there are no standard treatments related to recurring brain cancer. This journey for Luis and his family has been emotionally, physically and financially taxing.
Through the persistent calling, emailing, and other forms of outreach by Luis's wife Christine, other treatment opportunities have become available. Unfortunately, these experimental treatments are costly and are not covered by insurance. Treatment must start immediately for Luis.
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From: Christine (Luis’s wife)
To: Loving Friends and Family
Over that past two weeks Luis has experienced pain in his right arm. We went to the doctor because he developed a rash, in which doctors thought it was shingles. Doctors treated for shingles with a five day steroid pack/ steroid cream and told him to continue on a Motrin regimen.
The doctors sent us on our way but the pain was not subsiding. Then all of a sudden Luis was not able to move his neck from side to side. I took him to the ER and Luis received a CAT scan. Doctors said that the CAT scan would show if there was an issue. No significant findings were found on the scan, therefore they gave us Percocet and sent us home.
We remained concerned and scheduled a following with Luis’s primary care provider two days later. The primary doctor explained that he no longer thought it was shingles, and could be tumor related. We had an appointment with the oncologist the next day, the primary care doctor directed us to make sure the oncologist understood what Luis was experiencing.
We currently feel lost and unable to decide what direction to take. For over a month we have relentlessly tried to participate in clinical trial, but have not been able to qualify. Luis has not received any chemo for 6 weeks at this point because we are trying to qualify for a clinical trial.
When we went to see the oncologist he determined that Luis has developed a tremor in his hand. The oncologist thought that the pain could be tumor related because of the tremors in his hand. Instructions were for Luis to keep an eye on it and if the tremors continue, the doctor would prescribe anti-seizure medication.
I am currently experiencing terrible sleepless nights, so I decided to tell my boss I was not able to work for the next few days. I was determined to figure out what is happening to my husband Luis.
Monday Luis and I took a leap of faith and drove over an hour to a hospital that was conducting a clinical trial specifically for Luis’s tumor glioblastoma/sarcoma. Days before arriving to the hospital I called twice and emailed but did not receive any response. We arrived to the Rutgers Cancer Center of NJ and began the process of trying to have Luis admitted.
At first the doctors were not convinced the tremors in Luis’s hand were tumor related. Our family pushed to have an MRI performed because we knew something was not right. The entire process of receiving approval for the MRI lasted for 6 hours. Once we finally received the MRI (2 hour process) we received more bad news. Luis’s cancer has spread to his spine. Currently we are waiting for a hospital bed so we can be officially admitted.
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