- Viktoria Cupay and Nick Baldo had a long-distance relationship with Viktoria in Chicago, Illinois and Nick in San Francisco, California.
- When Viktoria had to be in an induced coma due to having Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), Nick immediately transferred to Chicago to be with Viktoria.
- Nick proposed to Viktoria before she was awakened from her coma and when she recovered three years later, they got married.
This is a love story that tells of a brave couple’s battle to stay together in sickness and in health.
Viktoria Cupay lived in Chicago, Illinois. She was in a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend Nick Baldo who lives in San Francisco, California. Viktoria has the autoimmune disease, lupus.
When she had a high fever, she thought she was having a lupus flare. She also had blisters on her skin. Her mother brought her to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her to have Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and the painful blisters on her skin as toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) which is a more severe form of SJS.
Doctors consider TEN as a medical emergency and so they immediately placed her in the intensive care unit and induced a coma.
While in a coma, she lost weight, lost her hair and had a tracheostomy and a gastrostomy tube to help her breathe and eat. She also lost her ability to walk and upon waking up from her coma, she had to relearn how to walk. She stayed at the hospital for 240 days.
Through all the battle, she had her boyfriend Nick by her side— cheering her on. Nick moved to Chicago just to be with her.
Little did Viktoria know that before she was awakened from her coma, Nick already asked her mom for her hand in marriage. The ICU staff were witnesses to how Nick proposed to her with his grandmother’s ring.
Viktoria said, “The right person will make no excuses and will choose to love you even at your worst.”
Three years after Viktoria had recovered from SJS and TEN, Nick and Viktoria got married.
The now Lupus, SJS and TEN advocate said, “Looking back at it, it’s crazy how far I’ve come.” Viktoria added, “I’m in awe as well. That’s why I want to share my story because I have been there, I have been at the lowest point in my life and I’m hoping that when someone hears this story, that it might be the story that they needed to hear to keep going as well.”
We wish you continued recovery and a blessed married life.
Source: Inspire More