Man proposes to high school sweetheart after her last chemo session

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Man Proposes to High School Sweetheart After Her Last Chemo Session


Talk about an emotional moment! Tamara, who finished her last chemo session, got the surprise of a lifetime when her high school sweetheart proposed to her! Lucky for us, he uploaded the video and explained exactly how everything went down to make this incredible surprise possible.

I'm 24 years old, my (now) fiancee Tamara Bruzzo is 21 years old. We have been dating since high school in Spanish River High for 6 years now. She was rushed to the hospital one day before Valentine's day, on February 13th 2015, and was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma on my birthday, February 24th 2015. Her chemo sessions consisted of a 96 hour infusion so for 6 sessions. So she would stay in the hospital for 5 days at a time with an IV hooked to her arm through a picc line with the chemo flowing through for 96 hours, and come back every 2 weeks to repeat the process.


I was planning on proposing this year but did not know how or when, so one day, on her 2nd chemo session it came to me that the best time to propose to her would be on her last chemo. I wanted it to be a symbol or closing the chapter of cancer in her life and opening a new chapter with our lives together. I also did not want her to have a single thought that I was going to propose to her so it was perfect because I knew she was going to think I was just doing something nice for her for her last chemo when she walked in but would have no idea until i kneeled down.


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He "ordered 100 roses, in which me and my mother worked on an entire night taking out the thorns one by one and hand making her a bouquet." Soon, with 60 photos, 2400 rose petals, 60 helium balloons and 100 flameless candles, he was ready. He even called the nurses to see if they could help out.

He explains:

She came all the way to me holding her IV machine where I was standing with the bouquet of roses and that's when I proceeded to say something nice, romantic, and cheesy, as I choked and tried to hold back a tear or two. As soon as I got on my knee and popped the question, my brother could hear it on the phone which I had placed for the queue to light up the fireworks. By the time she said "yes", a few seconds later you can see the fireworks light up the night sky. The photographer tried looking for the switch to turn off the glare but could not find it, but you can still see the f ireworks through the window. Tamara was in absolute shock and could not be happier as she had no idea I was going to be proposing this soon.

She is currently finishing her last chemo session and will be going back on June 10th, where she will be waiting to schedule a PT Scan to see if the mass is truly gone and the cancer cells have died. Dr. Adler is her Oncologist at Boca Raton Regional Hospital where he is doing a phenomenon job. We are sure this is her last chemo, her mass went down in size by 70% after her 2nd chemo session.

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