Jeff and I met Stephanie and Isaac at our friends wedding in South Carolina this past April. They were the photographers for this momentous and beautiful occasion. Both of them were welcoming, warm and professional.
This pictures below are of Stephanie and Isaac on the rare occasions the camera was turned on them. Stephanie and Isaac have been together over 10 years and have been married for 6. Isaac just turned 30 years old this past year.
On September 12, Isaac was seen at Hoag Hospital in Newport. He had been complaining of headaches that the doctors he saw before brushed off as stress related. This time it was serious. He was experiencing blurred and double vision.
Once in the ER, CT and MRI tests were done which revealed he had in fact, a brain tumor. The tumor had grown large enough to press on his optic nerves which was causing his vision issues.
Doctors rushed him to surgery but was only able to remove part of the tumor as the remaining parts were against important brain structures that would be too risky remove at the time.
The surgery went well and now began the recovery process. Within the past 2 weeks in the hospital he’s had blurred, double vision, confirmation of a brain tumor and a complicated surgery to remove the parts of the tumor.
It was time to rest and recover. But shortly after the surgery, Isaac suffered a grand mal seizure and a stroke that left his entire left side paralyzed.
As of today, doctors have found several blood clots in Isaac’s lungs and are unsure what is causing them. They are also unsure if they will find any in his brain, which may mean more surgery.
Please follow Stephanie @modernromance or her facebook page for updates.
For more information and to Help Heal Isaac, please click on the badge below. Stephanie has done a great job of staying strong and keeping positive in this very tough time. She is asking for assistance by any means, whether prayers, advice or simply donating to help fund his long recovery process.
“My goal is to get him the best care from here on out and stay in a rehab program even if I have to pay out of pocket. Isaac is by far the most amazing person I have ever met – he is my soul mate, the love of my life and my best friend…”
This story hits home with me in so many ways. I’ve been to plenty of doctors whose diagnosis to my aches and pains, hair loss and arthritis, has always been “stress related.” It wasn’t until I went into the ER with a 105° fever, fell into a coma, had my 2 stokes (my right side was completely paralyzed at the time) that doctors began taking my complaints seriously. To top that off, I was finally diagnosed with a disease I had never heard of, lupus. Tumultuous ER visit? Yep!
But it was with the doctors, family and friends who rallied around me plus in inner strength to get out of this mess and to recover that I was able to rehabilitate and start living life again.
If you have or know of anyone that has gone through something similar to Isaac, please reach out to Stephanie and lend her your experience and advice.