Posts by Ellie Manzano

Patient in active treatment, Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma (Brain Tumor)

Ellie Manzano is a bright, kind and energetic 25 year old from South Florida. She received her B.S. in Mathematics with a focus in statistics, has published research (ironically on cancer), and works in Aerospace engineering. She has played music for 20 years (violin and voice) and it is her passion. She also loves botany, cooking, and kayaking in the ocean. Ellie was diagnosed with a Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma (Brain Tumor) in January 2020 and is currently undergoing active treatment.

My Choice

by Ellie Manzano November 30, 2020

Since receiving my diagnosis at 24, this is the phrase I’d hear time and time again. You don’t have a choice. But this phrase is incomplete. It should say “ You don’t have a choice, because if you don’t do this, you will die.” No one wants to say that to a grieving, shocked patient.

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