Katie's Brain Tumor Fight

$12,700 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 207 people in 26 months
Katie Beth  SUFFOLK, VA

My name is Katie Ruehl & I am a 32 year old wife, mother of 2 beautiful children, and a 6th grade English teacher at JFK Middle School in Suffolk, VA. In October of this year I went to the doctor for chronic headaches not expecting this outcome.  I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor on my brain stem that requires surgery to remove it.  This surgery is risky and to be perfectly honest, I am scared. The surgery may last about 12 hours. It will require 2 entries in my skull and the use of belly fat to reconstruct the cavity. The possible side effects may be facial drooping and deafness in my left ear. The expected hospital stay is 5 -7 days and the recovery time will not allow me to go back to work for the remainder of this school year.

Due to the lengthy recovery time requiring me to miss work and the fact that I have no sick leave left from maternity leave last May, the majority of recovery time will be unpaid. The loss of salary will range between 10,000-15,000 dollars. Therefore, I am starting this campaign to help support my family during this time and to help cover medical costs.  This is important to me and my family because it helps me to support my family.

Any help, in any amount, will be appreciated beyond measure.  Please pray for me and my family as we go through this journey. I know that this experience will be an opportunity for God to use me as an example of faith, love, and endurance.  PS. – My babies are ready to make you a sweet thank you card.

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Update 5
Posted by Katie Beth
25 months ago
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Thank you! Thank you so very much for your help, prayers, love, and generosity! Especially through the holidays.
We do FINALLY have a surgery date that is sooner- January 20th. There are no words to show our gratitude as we go through this journey. I cannot wait to be back in good health and truly get back to life.
Thank you!
Katie and Adam
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Update 4
Posted by Katie Beth
26 months ago
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Y'all believe!!!! I'm so thankful! Thank you! Thank you for the additional peace of mind as we begin this journey in the next month. Thank you!
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Update 3
Posted by Katie Beth
26 months ago
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I prayed and truly believe the Lord answered. Thank you for helping us and giving us that peace of mind for when we go through this tough battle. Brain Tumors stink and the thought of the journey my family is about to take because of the cards I've been dealt is scary.

Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
Love,
Katie
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Update 2
Posted by Katie Beth
26 months ago
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Beginning this Thanksgiving week, I have even more to be thankful for. You are all so supportive and our family is to Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed. Thank you!! Thank you so much!!!
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Denise Washington Singleton
26 months ago

Hello family! Sending prayers and hugs to you and your family! I did donate and also shared on fb! God Bless and hang in there! Denise Singleton Professional School Counselor @ BTWES

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Linda J Pasqua
26 months ago

Please go to Raleigh there is a wonderful surgeon who operated on my husbands tumor! Please get other opinions it is vital to your recovery! My husbands tumor was 3cm he suffered hearing loss in his left ear. His was an acoustic neuroma a begnion brain tumor. We had the best ENT DR Calhoun Cunningham and a world renowned Nerologist DR Takanuro Fukushima. Excellent results! It's so important to get the best care!

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Created November 15, 2016
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$150
Kristin Frascione
24 months ago

Hi Katie. You have our prayers. Kylie sends her love! Rest and heal.

$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
$30
Anonymous
24 months ago
FW
$100
Farren Webb
24 months ago
VC
$25
Vera Campbell
24 months ago
NN
$25
Nicole Naples
24 months ago

Wishing you all the best! You are continuously in our thoughts and prayers! Stay strong!

SB
$20
Sabrina Bach
24 months ago

Stay Strong! Sending Positive Energy and Prayers!

NH
$20
Nathalie Hoffman
24 months ago

Praying for you and your family!!! good luck in your surgery!! hope to hear good news God bless you...

VN
$20
Victoria Nonnemaker
24 months ago

Prayers to you and your family!

KL
$20
Katie Lake
24 months ago

Praying for a fast recovery for you and support for your sweet family.

Denise Washington Singleton
26 months ago

Hello family! Sending prayers and hugs to you and your family! I did donate and also shared on fb! God Bless and hang in there! Denise Singleton Professional School Counselor @ BTWES

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Linda J Pasqua
26 months ago

Please go to Raleigh there is a wonderful surgeon who operated on my husbands tumor! Please get other opinions it is vital to your recovery! My husbands tumor was 3cm he suffered hearing loss in his left ear. His was an acoustic neuroma a begnion brain tumor. We had the best ENT DR Calhoun Cunningham and a world renowned Nerologist DR Takanuro Fukushima. Excellent results! It's so important to get the best care!

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