Jeremy's Surgeries

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Summer Shipley  PHOENIX, AZ
**update**
On Saturday may 24th at 4:23am Jeremy saw a man walk quickly into his store and back to his office. He was being robbed at gun point. He was tied up and repeatedly threatened. He was hit in the head twice with the gun requiring 8 staples to close him up.

While at the hospital they ran a scan and found a large black mass on this brain. Upon further tests we learned he has a large tumor compressing his brain and it is very life threatening. He was immediately admitted into the ICU and we were just Informed that Jeremy's tumor is too large to be removed in one surgery. He will have surgery tomorrow to remove a large piece of it compressing his brain stem...and in 6-8 weeks from now he will undergo surgery #2. He will now be out of work for 3-4 months. If everything goes perfectly during his surgery, the BEST outcome is that he loses his hearing in his left ear and will be out of work for over 6 months between the two surgeries and recovery process. Jeremy is only 30 years old and a husband and father of three amazing children (ages 7, 5, and 1). This family will have countless expenses due to the tumor, surgery and head trauma from the robbery. They will also struggle through his recovery as his pay will be cut significantly during his time away from work while he recovers. Any help is endlessly appreciated. Thank you for all the love and support.Thank you to everyone who has donated. Please continue to share this post as the need is enormous...and again, thank you all for everything!!
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Update 17
Posted by Summer Shipley
1 month ago
Hey everyone!!! Quick update. We just got back Jeremy's first clean MRI!!!! Jeremiah is TUMOR FREE!!!! We just got the call a few days ago. They said not much surprises them, as they see it all, but Jeremiah's case is a special one. They said his tumor was "enormous" and it was really shocking. His MRI today is almost as surprising, as it looks so good for someone who has survived a tumor so big. They said what impairments he has now are likely permanent but with what he had it's really amazing it's not worse and we should be really happy about that. We just need to continue to help Jeremiah learn to live with his impairments and find his new "normal".

And we are and will. We couldn't feel more blessed and relieved. We thank God for Jeremiah's new lease on life and what really has been the start of a new life for all of us. Thank you for all the prayers, positive thought and well wishes. We are so thankful for our news today and equally thankful for all of you. If you missed our more detailed update a week or so ago please read below to the previous update
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Update 16
Posted by Summer Shipley
1 month ago
It's been w hole year since our last update. Jeremy is one year out from his most recent surgery finally! A whole year without any major problems or surgeries. He still has one minor surgery in his near future. It's for his eye that still suffers paralysis from surgery #6. Jeremy never regained the movement on the left side of his face and still suffers weakness on his left side of his body. Walking, balance and coordination (from being deaf on one side and nervous system damage) are still problems for him and from his most recent check up likely permanent. He has learned to adjust around almost all of it though in a way that provides him a somewhat more normal quality of life. He is doing incredibly well under the circumstances and we are hopeful as he is soon to have his one year MRI check up that he will still be tumor free. We pray every day for his continued recovery and count our blessings daily for all the good that has come from this long journey. Last year just weeks after his emergency brain surgery we brought him home only to find out that not only was it a blessing he survived but that another blessing would be joining our family. Jeremy is now the very proud stay at home Daddy to four beautiful babies. What was scary news almost a year ago, (not knowing if he would fall ill again), has become an endless blessing. And we look back today on the last two and a half years and think of all the trials life has put us through. We look back and can both smile as this journey has strengthened our family endlessly and we can smile for all of you. All of you near and far from us, who were an amazing support to us through donation, well wishes, prayer and positive thought. We are so grateful for each and every one of you and pray you all are well. On this day, one year out, we are so thankful and felt it important to share this update with all of those who so lovingly followed Jeremy's journey. Thank you doesn't even cover it but thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
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Update 15
Posted by Summer Shipley
13 months ago
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Just an enormous thank you to those who continue to share, pray donate and send positive energy. Jeremy is home and still using a PICC line. It is a tough adjustment to being home but he is doing his best.
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Update 14
Posted by Summer Shipley
14 months ago
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Hello from the Willey Family,

It's about time for an update on Jeremy. Six months ago we updated that Jeremy was doing better after undergoing surgery 5. I wish I could say things continued to get better but sadly they did not. Over the last six months Jeremy has suffered from excruciating headaches and he has not regained any further feeling back from his partial paralysis. He still struggles to walk, eat and has not regained his fine coordinate motor skills. He continues to have balance issues and has had a hard time adjusting to being deaf in his left ear. He walks with a cane and has difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time. Well, almost two weeks ago Jeremy became really sick and was hospitalized again. He was diagnosed with meningitis once again. This time they had to look into what was causing all these reoccurring episodes. Through extensive tests they found that he had a hole in his skull that they tried to patch a year ago after they had to drill through his skull during surgery number 4. He had been slowing leaking the fluid around his brain (cerebral spinal fluid) out of his ear and nose. This has likely been happening for the last year which is what caused all his bouts of meningitis. They just never caught it at his previous hospital stays and never thought to look for it when he complained of chronic headaches. But this time the image captured air bubbles getting in around his brain and a large cyst that had formed in place of the tumor. So exactly one year and one day after brain surgery number 3, jeremy had to go back into surgery to have surgery number 6. They had to replace all the tissue they used to seal the skull last year and gave him a new titanium mesh to help close. They also took a piece of muscle from the side of his head and used it to close off his auditory tube (a tube that connects his ear nose and throat together) to hopefully close off any passageways that could let bacteria in. This wasn't his hardest surgery but seems to be his most painful. All things considered he is recovering as best as could be expected. But recovery will once again be difficult. Insurance only covers 1/3 of the rehab he needs out patient (he needs physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and facial rehab). He still is awaiting surgery on his eye because it still can't close it on its own from the paralysis. I work full time but it's only enough to cover basic living expenses (rent, groceries, utilities, gas, car). I know so many have donated and for that we are endlessly thankful. But today I ask for you to continue to not only pray and send positive energy for jeremys full recovery. Also I have to ask that people continue to share Jeremys story so that he can get the therapies he truly needs if he is to have a "normal" life again. If you are not in a position to donate all I ask is that you say a prayer for him or share his story. The previous amount donated help us to pay for safety measures to bring him home, medical bills and needed therapies. Today we ask for assistance with needed therapies, medical expenses, and the added expenses of helping him have the help he needs to recover. Thank you all again.
This was Jeremy the day of his surgery. (And yes he knows I'm using this photo)
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Alysha Willey
29 months ago

He has an acoustic neuroma.

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Amy Barclay
29 months ago

DOoes he have a meningioma?

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Raised by 288 people in 30 months
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I hope your surgeries go well

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Good luck and God bless

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Alysha Willey
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He has an acoustic neuroma.

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DOoes he have a meningioma?

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