On January 19th I went to the ER thinking I had Coronavirus as I was having all the symptoms and horrible headaches. it turned out to be something totally different. I had 2 brain tumors. I was rushed into surgery.
One of my tumour was removed and it was cancerous. The other one will be getting treatments to kill it. I was in the ICU for a week. The 1st day I woke up I couldn't remember anything or anyone. I was once a vibrant 43 year old, working two jobs . Ironically in the mental health field with brain injuries. I am a single mother of 3 grown children and I was the breadwinner. Our lives have changed significantly. I cannot work as I'm still recovering and I will need further procedures done. I can't drive and I'm on a lot of medication which insurance only pays for partial. I applied for medical leave and it's pending but one of my jobs fired me for being inactive per company policy. I have no income right now the little stash I had saved is gone . I still have bills to pay and basic essential needs. Some of my friends and family have come through for me by being here and keeping my spirits positive. I can't go anywhere except to a Dr appointment. I can walk but very slowly and get winded.My head hurts at times and I'm asleep alot. I'm still in shock how short life can be but I'm extremely blessed to be alive. I'm stressed about the other tumor and will start treatment in March which will be a combination of chemo and radiation. I am praying to beat this. I am also praying for my FMLA to kick in but everything is so backed up right now and my main job is not filling paperwork on time. These jobs hurt my feelings because I was a loyal employee . It's beyond my control what happened to me. I am a giver born into this world. I had to put my pride aside and ask for help though as I'm not independent anymore.Any amount of donations will help and be appreciated. Thank you. Mandee
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