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Help for Heather

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Raised by 62 people in 15 months
Created February 5, 2018
My little sister Heather needs your help! Heather is a bright and beautiful, newlywed and mother to her 4 year old son Kingston. On December 23rd, Heather began having seizures, to date she's had 7, she even suffered one while taking seizure blocking medication. 

Heather was admitted to a hospital in Wagnor, OK on January 10th-14th, where they ran tests, but came up inconclusive, she was put on seizure blockers and released. On Tuesday, January 30th, Heather suffered an intense and violent seizure, that lasted over 10 minutes, she was taken to Jane Phillips ER in Bartlesville and released. The next day she suffered yet another intense and violent 10 minute seizure and was taken to Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, where she was admitted.

After several tests and scans, it was finally revealed that Heather has a large (45.5mm x 19.6mm) brain tumor. While CT scans have not revealed any other tumors in her body (yeah!), there is still a chance the tumor could be maliginant.  Heather was released on February 2nd and put on seizure blockers and steroids to help aleviate brain swelling. Once swelling decreases, doctors will be able to perform a biopsy and move forward based on that result.

Due to her condition, Heather is no longer able to work and is on leave, which is why her and her family are in need of financial support, for the mountain of medical bills this has and will continue to incur, so not only can she receive proper treatment she so desperately needs, but also so they can keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. No gesture is too small! If there is anything you are able to do for this loving family of three, to help them get through this very difficult process, it would be forever appreciated.

We are all trying to stay positive and will post updates as they occur. We know that Heather and her family will come out of this stronger than ever!

**If anyone would prefer to PayPal Heather directly, please send a message and we will provide her account information.
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Brain surgery was a success.hopefully I can survive recovery my surgeon was able to remove almost all of the tumor completely. Call him a genius might be an understatement. I cannot move my left leg or my left arm or hand but hopefully that will all return soon comma after physical therapy. I'm still fighting this I'm in a man's pain but I'm not giving up. Here is a before and after picture of the MRI scans the little white spot in the center is blood, because he said he does not Carter eyes all of the cells. And of course my battle end, awake brain surgery is no joke thank you all for being so supportive and for all of your prayers I have truly been blessed..
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Well, I finally met with a neurosurgeon yesterday, Michael Sughrue in OKC at Stephenson Cancer Center. I've hear nothing but great about him. Apparently, people come from all over the world to see him. The thing that is different about him, is that he does his surgeries while the patient is awake. Which allows him to get a more precise idea of the mapping of the brain. Also it allows me as the patient, to respond to what they are doing instead of being put under completely which would skew the brain activity. I'm very nervous about it but I feel like God's hands will guide him through the entire process and I will be healed. There is a chance I would still have to go through radiation and chemo therapy afterwards it just depends on how the surgery goes. When I asked about recovery time he said it could be anywhere from 2 days, to 2 weeks, depending on how the surgery goes so let's all pray for 2 days. Or one year anniversary is on April 22nd and my surgery is on April 11th. I don't wanna mess our one year anniversary especially since I'm was having bring surgery on Valentine's Day. I'm very anxious and very scared, But who wouldn't be?
I'm glad I get to stay in OKC, which is closer to home as opposed to going Phoenix arizona. Basically it's going to be the same procedure except here I'm going to be awake, which seems to have a higher success rate which I'm OK with. Please continue to send your prayers, positivity, words of encouragement, donations...
Anything and every thing helps. This is still a long process. God bless you all, I really can't do this without your help and support
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Hello everyone, I've got some updates for you guys. Sorry it's taking a little bit longer but my life has been so hectic and crazy right now. So starting on March 3rd my right hand was swollen when I woke up that morning at about 6 a.m. I started to ice it, to get the swelling to go down. And then about 3 hours later the pain started to kick in, and I'm not talking about normal pain. I'm talking about excruciating, a full-on level 10 as far as pain goes. Now let me give you a little bit of history as far as my pain tolerance goes, when I had my son, I was in labor at the hospital for 4 days. I had zero pain medication. I did not shed one tear from pain, I did however shed a few tears because I wanted my baby in my arms. But never for pain.

When I got to the emergency room, it was about 9 that evening because we live an hour away from the hospital and my husband had just gotten off work. I have been nursing my hand all day long and it just progressively kept getting worse and worse and worse. so when's my husband got home from work, I showed him my hand and he was pretty concerned about it just as I was. So I said we need to go to the hospital and we need to go now.
So that's exactly what we did, we jumped in the car, we drove about an hour away to my hospital that I have had all my other work done at. I was admitted into the ER at 9:30 p.m. they would not give me anything for pain. Even though I was literally crying my eyes out. Finally, they put me into a hospital room at 7:30 a.m. where I was finally able to get some Percocets, which is exactly what my neuro-surgeon prescribed me after my biopsy surgery. After they did several tests they found out that I have cellulitis infection in my right hand / arm. They did several testing, they did a CT scan and they did several blood work testing, they also finally after about day 3 of me being there because I was in such excruciating pain, they were able to finally do an ultrasound on my right arm and they found a house that I was negative for blood clots. So that was a wonderful thing and great news. The cellulitis in my hand was contained only in my skin, which means it did not make it into my bloodstream. Which is another huge huge relief. The doctor told me that if I would have waited any longer to come to the emergency room for treatment, I would either be having surgery on that hand or I would lose that hand. So I'm very thankful that I listen to my gut even though I'm pretty stubborn person, I'm glad that I went and got treatment. Not only for myself but for my husband and our young son.

They finally sent me home, thank goodness. I have been taking intravenous antibiotics pretty much the entire stay at the hospital for the cellulitis. But now I'm home and I'm on an oral antibiotic for 7 days. And hopefully this all clears up, I have to wear a sling on my right arm to keep it elevated. Because if it's not elevated the blood rushing to my hand causes more and more pain. I'm very thankful for my husband who has been taking such good care of me. Even though he feels guilty because he does have to work at the restaurant so he can't be with me 24/7. But we have both come to the terms with the fact that that is what marriage is all about, making sacrifices for your family. I'm going to attach a couple photos of what cellulitis looks like in my hand.

Once again, I cannot thank all of you enough. Thank you for your prayers, your positive vibes, the Outreach that you have given me, all of the support you guys have given me emotionally and mentally, you guys are all of the reasons that I am able to be so positive and wake up every day and look for what is going to happen that is going to be positive instead of what could go wrong today? So whether it be donation or a message telling me that everything is going to work out and keeping the positivity going. The medical bills are really starting to get out of control. Along with other everyday bill. Not having insurance and not having government-funded assistance, and not being able to get on disability yet, has really really started to take a toll on our financial state.
In other news, I was told by several different people that I will probably be one hundred percent disabled for the rest of my life. So now I have to work with some people to get that ball rolling because from what I've heard it can be pretty long process for not a lot of outcome as far as money goes. But at this point some is better than none, which is exactly what I'm bringing home now, 0. So from the bottom of my heart thank you all who have helped me and my family. Regardless of any way that you have helped, I thank you, from the very bottom of my heart period in the most sincere way that I can possibly thank you, thank you all. I could not do this without your support and your help. So now I am waiting to see an oncologist, which will more than likely be located in Oklahoma City at the OU Medical Facility. Because from what I understand from the oncologist that I have spoken with in Tulsa, Oklahoma City is the best place in Oklahoma for oncologist. They have some of the highest trained that specialize in my specific tumor in the state. Also, when I met with the oncologist today for my referral, she told me that she cannot classify this as being a benign tumor. She said technically it is cancerous. But she said that it is slow growing, and it is one of the most treatable tumors that I could have gotten. She is very very concerned about the placement of the tumor though since it is in my frontal Dre lobe and can cause paralysis. And probably will not be able to be fully removed. I am going to be having more surgeries I'm going to also be having radiation and chemotherapy along with physical therapy as well because my left side is so incredibly weak. I also still Shake very badly, and I need to use a cane to be mobile and walking around because of how many times I have almost fallen because of how unstable I am.
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It was also incredibly hard to be away from our sun and I am so happy to be back home with him because our poor little boy has been just heartbroken. He only got to visit me at the hospital one time because he is in preschool so he had to be on his routine as much as possible, and I'm very thankful for his grandmother to be able to take him to school and make sure that his routine stayed as close to normal as possible. - Mommy and Daddy not being there.
Day 3..much worse.
A picture from when I 1st got to the ER.
Our son got to visit me 1day.Oh the JOY❤
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Well folks I have some news, I am back in the Hospital. I arrived on Sunday evening at about 9:30 p.m. and I came because I woke up that morning with numbness in the tip of my tongue and severe swelling in my right hand followed with excruciating pain. I called my physician that evening and he recommended that I go to the ER. I had tried to tend to my hands the best of my ability while I was at home that day, but nothing helped and it progressively got more and more swollen and more and more excruciating. When I arrived at the hospital at approximately 9:30 p.m. I was in tears because my pain level was at a 10. I am unable to take Lortabs and I am already prescribed percocets do to the Post biopsy surgery. No one in the ER would listen to me. So I finally got admitted into an actual room at about 7 a.m. where I was finally given my very first dose of my Percocets, and literally I was in tears the entire time until about 15 minutes after they kicked in. I am still in the hospital and it took all day for them to get any kind of testing or results. They did a CT scan on my hand and they found out that I have cellulitis. Which is apparently some sort of infection, and I still don't know what the numbness in my tongue is no one has really addressed that yet. I'm still asking for your help, your support, your Outreach, and your love. The pain is unimaginable, but I promise I will not stop fighting. I will be in the hospital for at least 2 more days, the doctor told me if I wouldn't have came in when I did I would probably be having surgery on my hand. I still have no action plan as far as treatment goes for the tumor. My next appointment with the neurosurgeon is March 15th. They are sending some samples of my tumor to Duke University and the University of Phoenix. I'm going to attach a couple photos of my hand and how swollen it is. My left hand was fine but as I've been at the hospital longer and longer, due to the IV my left hand is now also swollen. But it is not followed by pain like my right hand is. So, they believe the infection is only in my right hand and they think that the swelling in my left hand was due to the IV. Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting me and my family, thank you for everything and anything that all of you have done and continue to do. my family and I cannot do this without you, and we cannot be more appreciative and grateful for you
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