Manhasset woman discusses brain tumor removal to raise awareness of condition
A Manhasset woman is extra thankful this year after undergoing successful brain surgery for a tumor that was tripling in size and hemorrhaging.
Danielle Soviero, who is now 25, says she was perfectly healthy until October 2020 when she started having numbness on the right side of her body, but she didn't think much about it.
"It wasn't until I started dropping things at work and slurring my speech that I became increasingly concerned," Soviero says.
An MRI revealed she had a benign brain tumor known as cavernous angioma that was bleeding onto her brain.
Her first doctor told her surgery wasn't an option, but she woke up months later with a bad migraine.
"I literally was laying in bed thinking 'I'm going to die. This is the worst pain ever,'" Soviero says.
The tumor had tripled in size and once again bleeding onto her brain.
Soviero went to Weill Cornell Medicine and underwent brain surgery.
When she woke up, she had 40 staples in her head and couldn't speak or walk for over a month.
"It was extremely frightening," Soviero says.
Her family and speech therapists nursed her back to health.
She tells News 12 that she is speaking about her experience to help others.
"If my story can resonate with one person out there who maybe is experiencing the same symptoms as me, that's my goal," Soviero says. "I want to help anyone I can, bring awareness to the condition."