When 33-year-old Jennifer O’Mahony was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer a year ago, it wasn’t so much a life interrupted. It was a life under siege.
Four years married and in the upswing of a hard-fought career in fashion design, the Oklahoma native and her husband, Ryan, had moved from the bustling Hollywood neighborhood to settle down in Pasadena. They planned to have a family soon, and a dog, maybe sooner. They were prudent, renting first, before plunging into the crazy real estate market. They priced homes in Altadena.
And then O’Mahony had a grand mal seizure one night while watching TV with Ryan by her side, and lost consciousness.
“It came out of nowhere … they took me to Huntington Hospital ER where they started running every test under the sun,” she recalled.