Until December 22nd 2017 Manny was a healthy 31 year old. On the day he had a seizure while walking the dog with his sister. He was taken to the emergency room where they did several tests that revealed a large mass in his brain. He had another seizure in the emergency room and was transported to VCU's Critial Care Hospitial in the middle of the night. Another scan revealed it was a brain tumor that needed to be debulked imediately. Manny had to remain in the Critial Care Unit until his surgery, which was scheduled for December 26th.
With Manny' surgery being on the 26th, this meant we would spend Christmas in the hosptial. We made the best of it though, and both of our families brought presents and celebrated Christmas with him in the Hospital that morning. To my suprise Manny had been planning to propose to me on Christmas for months. The reason he was with his sister the day he had the seizure was to have her help wrap the ring he bought me. I was incredibly shocked and overjoyed. Depsite all the terrible things that had happened the past week, that moment was one of the happiest I have ever experienced. The day after Christmas Manny had a successful surgery that removed nearly 90% of the tumor.
We recieved the pathology results on January 12th, 2018. Manny was given the diagnosis of stage 4 secondary Glioblastoma. We also learned that as a result of the seizures Manny would not be able to drive for 6 months.
Manny and I have been together for over 6 years and being newly engaged this should be one of the most exciting times of our lives. This diagnosis has been very difficult for us and everyone who loves him. But we are all dedicated to supporting him and doing whatever we can to help him beat this. We truly believe with God's help he can and will be healed.
We are currently looking into multiple types of treatments, many which are not covered by insurance, that may help Manny. We also have an ever growing mound of medical bills. I know that stress feeds cancer and I do not want Manny to be stressed out how we are going to pay his medical bills or for his treatments. Any money raised will be used for Manny's medical bills and cancer treatments.
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