In 2008, Joey’s personality began to change, he started experiencing slurred speech and having severe headaches. A CT scan showed his doctor that there was a tumor in his brain and he was taken to surgery to relieve some of the pressure the tumor was placing on his brain. After a week, Joey’s doctors performed a craniotomy to remove as much of the tumor as they could and, afterwards, Joey began the long recovery process. A year later, Joey began having more headaches due to a buildup of fluid in his skull, which his doctors relieved by surgically implanting a shunt in his head to drain the excess fluid. By 2010, what was left of the tumor had grown to three times its original size and was encroaching on Joey’s brain stem. He was started on chemotherapy in December of 2010 to shrink the tumor for surgery and finished the treatment in April of 2011; in July, Joey underwent a very delicate brain surgery to remove the larger tumor. This surgery put Joey in a coma for 15 days and ICU for a month. He suffered short term memory loss and some of his ability to speak. Since then, Joey has been started on radiation therapy and just recently underwent another surgery to update the shunt in his head that helps drain the excess fluid.
Joey’s wish was to visit Hawaii and he even got to experience some special surprises while he was there. From surfing to visiting U.S. S. Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor, Joey loved every second of his wish. Of course, one of his favorite experiences was swimming with dolphins – something he will truly never forget.
Wish Type: Travel