Feb 14, 2020 Latest post:
Apr 10, 2021
Welcome to Stephen Lombardi’s CaringBridge website. We are using this to keep family and friends updated in one place, making it easier to get out information about my brother’s journey beating glioblastoma.
Stephen was watching a movie with his wife Ruthie on January 10, 2020, when suddenly he was unable to speak. His words were there, he just struggled to get them out. Ruthie and his son Nicholas took him to the local hospital that night, and learned Stephen had a brain tumor. He was then transferred to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.
Stephen under went a craniotomy on January 15th. His surgery was a success, and they were able to remove the tumor. Now we just had to wait for the pathology results to come in. In the mean time, Stephen was discharged from Jefferson, and was able to do outpatient rehab for his speech at Bryn Mawr rehabilitation center. Stephen has been extremely positive throughout the whole process.
On February 3, 2020, Stephen returned to Jefferson with his wife and sons, Stephen Jr. and Nicholas to meet with doctors and go over the results of the pathology labs. Unfortunately, the news that was given was not what any of us wanted to hear. Stephen was diagnosed with grade 4 glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer one can have. The prognosis is devastating, but we refuse to let that be Stephen’s story. We will help him fight this disease, by supporting his family, helping with his new diet, and being nothing but optimistic.
Stephen will under go, radiation, chemotherapy and start using an optune device simultaneously. He is headed down to Jefferson today, February 12th, to have a follow up MRI and map where they need to concentrate the radiation. An abundance of information is coming their way, and we will do our best to keep all the people who love and care about Stephen informed.
Please keep the prayers and good thoughts coming. Staying positive will help Stephen, Ruthie and the boys the most. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the love, keep it coming.