Beat My Brain Tumor!

 
Raised: $14,190.00
Goal: $10,000.00
 
 
 

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Christine Yeskey

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Christine was diagnosed with having a brain tumor in May, 2012. At the time, Christine was five months pregnant with her second child, a baby girl named Isabella. She was able to carry t... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Christine Yeskey 14 months ago

My husband I took the kids to see their pediatrician last week. I was just thinking about that appointment and how amazing the office is. I wanted to write an update to share a few things about them. Not only can we completely trust our children with them, but they really treat us like family. When we went to the office, we were given a huge bouquet of beautiful flowers! Then, we were given a handful of checks and some cash to help us with some of our medical bills. We couldn't believe it! What a kind and generous thing to do. The donations weren't just from the people at the office, but they were also from some of the families that go to the office. There are some really great people out there. Thank you Pointe Pediatrics and Pointe Pediatrics families! We were really touched by your kindness.

-Christine Yeskey

 
 
 

Updated posted by Christine Yeskey 14 months ago

It doesn't seem to matter what kind of insurance you have, the medical bills just keep piling up. My husband and I were just having a conversation this morning about how we're going to pay for some medical bills that just popped up. It's hard enough being out of work, recovering from a paralysis, and taking care of a family. The added stress of worrying about medical bills and the results of tests that are approaching shortly is almost too much. It was at that moment that I heard my email alert go off. A donation had been made through this fundraising site that my soon-to-be sister-in-law set up for us. I looked at the email, which indicated that the donation was made by a group of students at Wayne State University. I worked with many of these students when I supervised as part of my PhD program. They're a wonderful group of bright and well-rounded students. In fact, I think they're really the best and brightest out there. My husband and I were so overwhelmed to hear that they had made such a generous donation. I'm supposed to be helping them! Their kindness just amazed us. With their help, my husband and I will be able to pay some medical bills and we'll also be able to take care of the co-pays for some upcoming tests that I have. My next MRI is scheduled for next Monday morning. The thought of doing that test and getting the results makes me feel sick. Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers. Every three months we'll go through getting MRIs and then the results. After that, we'll go through that every six months and then every year for the rest of my life. The kindness of others has really changed things for us in so many ways. Thank you!

-Christine Yeskey

 
 
 

Updated posted by Christine Yeskey 14 months ago

My family and I feel blessed and encouraged by all of the support that we have received and are continuing to receive. All of the messages we've received have given us strength during this difficult time. With all of the generous donations we've received, we've been able to pay for some of our medical bills and other expenses as I've been off of work. An old friend of ours is doing a bowling fundraiser on March 3 to help us even more. This means so much to us! There's still a long road ahead of us, but with all of this support we know we'll beat this.

-Christine Yeskey

 
 
 
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Created by Christine Yeskey on December 18, 2012

Christine was diagnosed with having a brain tumor in May, 2012. At the time, Christine was five months pregnant with her second child, a baby girl named Isabella. She was able to carry the baby to nearly full-term and Isabella was delivered without any complications. When Christine's daughter was 11 weeks old, Christine underwent a craniotomy to remove her tumor. Although no complications were anticipated, the neurosurgeon discovered during surgery that the tumor was spreading. For this reason, the surgery became more complicated and Christine woke up with complete paralysis and loss of sensation on her left side. In addition, her vision had been quite impaired as the tumor was growing close to her optic nerves. Christine remained in intensive care for three days and was then transferred to a rehabilitation hospital where she remained for the next month. Christine came home from the hospital at the end of December, 2012. She was in a wheelchair and had almost no sensation at the time, but she stayed positive and worked hard to get her life back on track. Christine attended outpatient therapy twice per week for the next six months and was eventually able to walk without a cane and had much of her sensation back! She was told by her therapists that her recovery was remarkable and her prognosis for continued improvement was good.


Christine is now back to work at her private practice, studying for her PhD again, and mothering her two young children, ages five and one as of September, 2013. She has made an incredible recovery, getting much of her movement and sensation back. Her vision has also substantially recovered. She feels certain that It was the support of so many people, including family, friends, and thousands of strangers that helped to get her where she is now!


A message from Christine:
Thank you for your support. It's very difficult to put my gratitude into words. This experience was difficult, confusing, and humbling. It was also a test of perseverance, faith, and will. I've learned so much about myself, but so much about the kindness of others as well. I'm now nearly one year post-surgery and all of my repeat MRIs have shown no regrowth! I can finally focus on my family, career, school, and helping others once again. I've already begun to collect and donate new and used therapy equipment, including my own. When I came home from the hospital, I didn't have any supplies or equipment. With the kind and generous donations I received, I was able to purchase the things I needed. However, I quickly realized that there were so many other people in my position, yet they didn't have a support system like mine to help fund the purchase of these items. I've also cut and donated my hair to charity, and have been donating my time as a speech-language pathologist whenever possible.


I'm grateful to be through this crisis. My children are both doing very well, which is more important than anything else in my life. Andrew's now a kindergartner and will be celebrating his 5th birthday this month. Isabella's first birthday is in less than a week and she is happy and healthy. Children are so resilient. It absolutely amazes me! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. My whole family thanks you. -Christine Yeskey
 
 
 
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Hi Mrs. Yeskey, sending my family's prayers and support. Happy to help in any way we can. Please continue to update all of us at WSU too and know you are super special and we are all thinking of you! Hugs and prayers, Lorrie Garrity

posted by Lorrie Garrity 15 months ago

I'm so happy for you, Christine. You are amazing! We're praying for you!

posted by Kristin Polk 15 months ago

What an amazing response! Love can do anything! Go Go Go!

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$14,190 raised by 136 people in 16 months.

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John Curtis

10 months ago

 
 

$500.00

WSSHLA Class 2013

13 months ago

 
 

Mrs. Yeskey, Our class wishes you a speedy recovery!

 

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Marcia Carr

13 months ago

 
 

The staff at Carkenord Elementary wishes you the best of health!!

 

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Sonya Gietek

13 months ago

 
 

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Anonymous

13 months ago

 

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Ashley Antoniello

14 months ago

 
 

Praying for you, Christine!

 

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Anonymous

14 months ago

 

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Lori Breen

14 months ago

 
 

It'd take too long to explain how we are connected, though let's just say it is through Marti Peters. My Mom told me of your situation because it reminded her of my ordeal. I am happy to report that 12 years after my stroke, I am doing well. I can't say that I can now use my right hand or that I do not have to walk without a brace on my leg. I can say that I'm typing this note with my left hand which took, what seemed like at the time, -forever- to learn to coordinate. I'm writing this to encourage you to hang in there. I know that the days can be long and frustrating. Life is now different, but thank God, not over. May you find the inspiration to face every challenge with a hopeful determination, one that never gives up. God bless you!

 

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Rhonda Simner

15 months ago

 
 

Just a little something to help.

 

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Caroline Carr and Andrea Symonds

15 months ago

 
 

You are an inspiration.

 

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