Emma and Justin Cotillard had just been married and couldn’t wait till their honeymoon. However, they had no idea that the trip would turn into their worst nightmare.
One morning during the trip, Justin shared his wife half to death. “He woke up one morning and started screaming at me to get out of his room,” remembers Emma. The woman was 7 months pregnant at that time and her husband’s behavior shocked her. When she asked what was wrong, she received a horrifying answer.
“He thought I was a stranger. He didn’t remember that I was seven months pregnant with our first baby,” recalled Emma. Justin was sure a stranger sneaked into his room. The couple was forced to go home and end their honeymoon early. Justin went for a checkup to find out what was wrong and the diagnosis was devastating. The man had a very aggressive and fatal brain tumor. Doctors said he could life two more years if he would undergo surgery and a chemo.
The family couldn’t imagine they would hear something like this. Because of a stress Emma gave birth to their daughter five weeks early. Fortunately, the little one was absolutely fine and healthy. That was on August 17, 2015, the day Justin started radiation therapy, which meant he could only see his daughter on the weekends.
Four months later, the scans showed the tumor has grown and metastasized. It was the most aggressive tumor the doctors had seen in 10 years. It looked like the end was near for Justin. The doctors said he had two weeks left. However, the man lived for another 7 months and celebrated his 30th birthday. Everyone knew his days were numbered and he was brought to a hospice where he would receive a proper care.
All Justin wanted was to see his daughter, but he couldn’t as she had chicken pox. But the staff of the hospice broke their rules and let the father and daughter to see each other for the last time. Unfortunately, it was too late. “i went back into his room, lay down next to him on the bed and told him that Mia was on her way. That was when he let go. He died knowing that she was ok,” said Emma.
Emma has been volunteering to help patients with brain tumors and their families. She warns everyone about early symptoms of brain tumor that people usually ignore. She remembers how her husband’s behavior changed before the wedding; he became more erratic. At that was because he was anxious about the ceremony.
Recently the woman noticed another shocking detail on their wedding photos. “Looking at the wedding photos now, you can see that the right side of his face is droppy,” Emma says.
The woman hopes their story will help other people to recognize early symptoms and get medical help before it’s too late.
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