SARASOTA – Everything was going well for one local woman until a rare and dangerous diagnosis that threatened her relationship with her children. In this two-part look at Heather Messenger, SNN’s Marco La Manno introduces us to her in Part 1 of the series and what led up to her diagnosis.

In Part 2 below, we learn the diagnosis and how it threatened Heather’s relationship with her children, what she did to cope and turn around her life, and how she hopes to help other women going through the same thing.

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Marco La Manno
New York born and Florida-raised Marco La Manno joined SNN in April 2016. His interest in weather goes back to elementary school. While attending the University of Florida, he forecasted weather for two years, won 1st Place in the College Florida Associated Press Broadcasters awards for Short Light Feature, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast news and a certificate in meteorology. His next stop was WMGT in Macon, Georgia. He forecasted weather in the Peach State for over 3 1/2 years, franchised many morning news segments from pet adoptions to video game previews, and won 1st Place for Best Light Feature at the Georgia Association of Broadcasters awards. In his spare time, Marco loves video gaming, movies, restaurant hunting, and cheering for the Florida Gators. Now he'll do it in the beautiful state where he was raised, plus he's only a few hours from family. He's thrilled to be here, and if you'd like to reach him, contact Marco at