After weeks of keeping it a secret, Mark Ruffalo finally told his loved ones about his tumor a week after his wife gave birth to their son, Keen.
People do all kinds of things for one another when they're in love. They will go to great lengths to make sure that their partner is happy and safe, and celebrities are no exception to this. Mark Ruffalo had a vivid dream that told him he had a brain tumor. Since it felt so real, he decided to get it checked out. Sadly, it seemed like his dream had actually come true and doctors diagnosed him with a brain tumor. There was a tumor the size of a walnut right behind his left ear. The devastating news of the tumor came when Mark and his wife Sunrise Coigney were pregnant with their first child.
Mark, who knew that the stress and fear of probably losing her partner to the illness would be of no good to a pregnant woman, he kept the news of his tumor hidden from his wife. He prepared himself to fight the battle alone and carried the burden of his acoustic neuroma diagnosis himself. However, he couldn't bear the thought of his child growing up without a father. And so, he decided to record a video of himself for his son.
"I was certain I was going to die," he told Men's Journal. "I made a tape for him. For when he was old enough to understand. Just saying, Hey, this is who I am." After having kept this a secret for weeks, Ruffalo finally told his loved ones about his tumor a week after his wife gave birth to their son, Keen. His mother recalled, "He didn’t tell anyone for weeks. When he finally did, I was like, 'Oh, my God. How could you bear all that?'"
A few weeks later, he went in for surgery but came out of surgery with the left side of his face completely paralyzed and even deaf. For Ruffalo, this was an extremely tough time and he avoided calls and even talking to people. Just as his career was about to take off, he went into hiding, wondering not only if he would ever act again, but also if his body would ever function normally.
"Recovery really tested what I was made of as a man," he said, according to MensXP. Eventually, he did recover and he was able to climb to the top of his career as a successful actor. And yet, despite everything, his wonderful marriage has lasted almost two decades and that really takes the spotlight. Their love was meant to be because Sunrise Coigney knew Mark Ruffalo when he had almost nothing. And as for him, he knew he wanted to marry her from the moment they met.
They met on a street while he was walking with a mutual friend of both of theirs. "I don’t think he wanted us to meet," he laughed and said. "But I saw her and was like, I’m going to marry that girl." He knew that he didn't have anything to offer but his true, authentic self. "All I had was my decency, wit, and charm – I didn’t have anything. When I met her, she was like, 'You don’t have a driver’s license, you don’t have a credit card. What is wrong with you, dude? I can’t be with you!'"
"I was living in a converted garage, and she was there for that, she was game. She believed in me. She was like, 'I know you’re a really good actor,’ and I was like, 'You haven’t really seen me act yet.’ And she was like, 'I just know it, I can tell.'" They went on to date each other for three years and then the couple exchanged vows in 2000. "I ran to my marriage, I was happily ready to take on marriage," he said, as quoted by Goalcast. The couple completed their family with their three children, Keen, Bella Noche, and Odette.
Even though the couple has had some tough times, it doesn't mean the love they had wasn't real. "Honestly, it hasn’t been without its difficulties, its shortcomings; it hasn’t been without joy or learning or developing." About his idea of marriage, he said, "I think of marriage as a garden. You have to tend to it. Respect it, take care of it, feed it. Make sure everyone is getting the right amount of, um, sunlight."