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Keeping the Faith




Submitted by:
Vanessa Broussard

Through sickness and health, “I do” have faith we can win this battle! It was an ordinary day in June 2017 as Tom and I left for work. An hour after we said our morning goodbyes and I settled in for my work day, I received a text from Tom that he couldn’t talk and that a family member was bringing him to the hospital. After multiple tests, it was confirmed he was suffering from aphasia, the inability to talk. Days later, a spot was noticed on his brain. A month later, Tom was diagnosed with Glioblastoma. It was a heartbreaking day with lots of tears and fear of the unknown of what may lie ahead. Tom had surgery to remove the tumor in July 2017. Months later, we were engaged and set an April 2018 wedding date. In February 2018, the tumor returned and surgery was performed two weeks before our wedding day. The incredible doctors at MD Anderson promised me that Tom would meet me at the altar on April 14. Two days before our wedding, a team of doctors called one by one asking if we needed anything and continued their promise that he would be at the church for our nuptials. On April 14, the church doors opened and Tom was standing at the altar awaiting my walk down the aisle. This week, we’re celebrating 6 months of marriage. Tom has never lost hope. Tom has always remained positive. Tom keeps God first and he tells everyone that every day is “The best day ever!” Every day together is a blessing. “I do” believe we will celebrate many more months even years together. We have faith that God has a wonderful plan for us. Tom is truly an inspiration to many and we hope that his story of pushing forward through a horrible diagnosis can encourage others to never lose hope and continue to live life to the fullest. We have remained strong through the struggles as Mr. and Mrs. Tom Broussard!