Cecy Galvan built BEPR Agency, a successful Hollywood publicity company, then at a glitzy event, her life changed forever.
Galvan, 47, had a stroke at a party a year ago. While undergoing treatment, she would suffer two more strokes.
In a recent email exchange with Urban Hollywood 411, she shared details about her health crisis and the fight to regain her health.
“I noticed something was wrong at a client launch party in April 2021. The minute I fainted in the bathroom, I hit my head and couldn’t move my arm. The minute I came to, I felt pressure in my chest,” she recalled.
With no one around to help, Galvan said she crawled out of the restroom and asked a bartender to call 911. She was rushed to the hospital and learned she had a stroke.
“I woke up three days later after having a seizure, a mild stroke, and a tear from my shoulder down to my pelvis, in my aorta. I needed an urgent aorta dissection,” she explained. “The doctors said if I arrived five minutes later, I could have died.”
Once the picture of health, shuttling around the Los Angeles area to entertainment and sports events, Galvan is now partially paralyzed. The paralysis occurred after she returned to the hospital to have a stent inserted and a heart valve replaced.
“I had two more strokes in September after my surgery,” she said. “I thought I was going to go in, come right out. The doctors told my parents I may never walk again. I am now in a wheelchair, since my core is paralyzed, for now.”
She has spent months undergoing rehabilitation in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, and relearning basic tasks. She said doctors are unsure what caused the strokes.
Before launching her public relations company, Galvan worked at Insignia PR and ICM Partners.
Over the years, her clients have included actors, athletes and comedians — from Tony Rock, to Allen Iverson, Mike Tyson, Wavyy Jonez, FJ Akinmurele, Compete App, D.C. Young Fly, and A.J. Johnson.
Many of Galvan’s friends and associates learned about her medical crisis from updates she’s been posting on Instagram.
Facing mounting medical costs and months, possibly years of recovery and rehabilitation, her family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses.
Galvan said she looks forward to the day when she can resume the mundane tasks most of us take for granted.
“I am hoping I get back to work when I can walk again, or crawl, whichever comes first!” she said. “I would do anything to be in the gym again, to do normal stuff, like cleaning. I know how that sounds, but I truly miss it.”