Jeremy's Surgery

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Raised by 284 people in 26 months
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 15
9 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
9 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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Update 13
15 months ago
From the Willeys:

Hi everyone. Thank you for all your support! It has been 10 long months. Just wanted to send out an update on Jeremy. Since his last tumor surgery in November which went well, Jeremy has been hospitalized three additional times due to post surgery infections of meningitis (a serious infection around the brain). Finally at the end of January he underwent unplanned surgery to remove his shunt that was infected. Making it his fifth brain surgery. It's been a struggle but I'm happy to report that he is doing as well as could be expected and had no serious complications from this last surgery. Many have asked for an update so I thought I would throw this out there. Thank you all so such for all the love and support as, we wouldn't have made it this far without all you love, prayers, positive energy and well wishes. We continue to ask for positive energy and prayer that Jeremy will continue to recover and hopefully return to a normal life soon. Hopefully my next update will be completely boring and celebrating Jeremys full recovery.
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Update 12
20 months ago
From the Willeys:

Thank you to everyone who has supported us. Jeremy made it through his third major brain surgery 4 weeks ago and he is doing well, all things considered. We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported us, prayed, sent positive energy, wished us well and donated. Without your help we don't know how we would have survived the hardest times through this. Your donations have helped us pay for needed procedures, treatments, therapies and copays etc. Jeremy still has a very long road ahead of him and only time will tell if he has seen the last of an operating room for a while but we felt it important to thank you all for the support and generosity. Because of the amazing efforts of his Sergeons and doctors nurses, therapists and all the love and prayers from you all... Our children still have their amazing father and I still have my amazing husband. And for that we can't thank you enough. Happy holidays!
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Alysha Willey
25 months ago

He has an acoustic neuroma.

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Amy Barclay
25 months ago

DOoes he have a meningioma?

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$14,300 of $40k goal

Raised by 284 people in 26 months
Created May 26, 2014
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You and your family are in our continued prayers.

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Jeremy & family, we are praying for you all & wish a speedy recovery!

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Alysha Willey
25 months ago

He has an acoustic neuroma.

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Amy Barclay
25 months ago

DOoes he have a meningioma?

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