Jen and Abel

$42,338 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 680 people in 13 months
Donna Geetter
on behalf of Jennifer Heggelke
 BINGHAMTON, NY
A quick trip to the walk-in for a bellyache sent 3-year-old Abel to the emergency room for x-rays, and then on to Upstate University Medical Hospital. Over the next few hours, Abel's mom, Jen, came to discover that her beautiful son has Stage III neuroblastoma and is classified as high risk. 

Today, Abel is fighting for his life. This incredibly strong and bright little boy is already undergoing treatment at one of the finest hospitals in the area. Jen has said many times how lucky she is to be surrounded by caring, competent professionals and how lifted both she and Abel are by the outpouring of support from friends, family, and community.

As a single mom, there are always so many facets of life vying for attention; Jen needs our support so she can focus all of her beautiful attention on Abel's healing. This fight will be long and hard, and is most effective with an army of supporters. Your contribution will keep Jen at Abel's side and help ease their transition to this new normal.

Abel needs his mom, and Jen needs us. 
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Many of you may have seen this on Facebook, but in case you haven't, I'm sharing it here. GoFundMe will only let me upload three photos; visit www.facebook.com/abelandjen to see more photos that Jen attached to her original post. Thank you all for your support. Below is an update from Jen:

I have started to write this and deleted it a hundred times already. I wanted to wait until I was "ready" to share this with all of you, but I don't know when that will be--unfortunately, I don't get to wait, as some misinformation was already posted on Facebook--without my permission--by two people who are not even my friends, so the word is out and I just need to fill you all in. Please try to forget anything you have heard or seen prior since it was incorrect.

Until a couple of weeks ago, Abel was energetic and vibrant, and a very recent scan showed that the tumor in his abdomen had shrunk to nearly nothing and the cells were barely active anymore (meaning they weren't growing much). His doctors were fairly confident that his last phase of treatment, which would have ended in May, followed by maintenance therapy in the form of an experimental drug, would allow him to eventually become cancer free and go on living. We had high hopes. Abel had a couple of months after chemo ended in September where he felt really good and had a lot of fun. He was never in remission, but he did feel healthier and stronger for a short, blissful period at the end of 2017.

A couple of weeks ago, all of that changed. Suddenly Abel had intense pain in his legs, he became sullen and exhausted, and we found a very small lump on his head that has more than quadrupled in size in the last two weeks. All the tests and scans showed that the Neuroblastoma had changed its behavior, probably because of a genetic mutation, and decided to metastasize. This means that it traveled to other parts of his body and began growing. It is now in his liver, bone marrow, skull, and probably other bones too. Unfortunately, it is growing so rapidly that it is impossible to cure.

None of this is anyone's fault. My mom found the lump when it was about the size of pea, but we watched it grow almost by the hour. Abel's doctors didn't fail to read his prior scans properly or anything like that. This arose quickly, spread quickly, and there was nothing anyone could have done differently to change the outcome.

Abel's doctors have told us this cancer will take his life within a month.

We came home yesterday and the only "treatment" he is getting is aimed at making him more comfortable. Please do not offer me suggestions for treatment or tell me I should get another opinion. I understand your heart is in the right place, but I have explored every option and I have become very educated in Neuroblastoma over the last year; I can assure you I know what the reality is and now is a time for me to process and deal with that reality.

Abel's pain is being managed well and though he can't really walk anymore, he is happy to be snuggled by his family and still finds joy in watching movies, picking on each other, and other quiet activities. We see this as a time to enjoy Abel, bring him happiness and comfort, and make more memories. We are staying strong for him and we do not weep or express grief in his presence. He knows on some level that he is more sick than before and he doesn't feel the same as he did, but a four-year-old boy does not need to contemplate the end of life or have the grief of adults laid at his feet. We do cry. A lot. In the shower, in the kitchen, in the basement. But Abel is very observant and intuitive so in his presence we are relaxed and joyous. Of course he probably senses something is different and if HE wants to talk about it with us, he will lead the way. Now is a time for celebrating Abel!

If you want to come and visit, please check with me first (we are limiting visitors to family and those close friends that Abel wants to see so that he doesn't feel like he's on display) and when you do, please stop a moment at the front door and read what we wrote to help guide you through how you should behave in a way that is sensitive to ABEL. We are very used to seeking comfort for our own grief, but in this case, we are asking that you suspend those displays and remember that it is important for Abel's happiness that you do so.

Abel fought bravely for his life for a year and he was so close to winning. He taught us so much about strength, courage, and finding joy at every opportunity--even when you feel like your life sucks and is totally unfair (feelings that Abel definitely struggled with). Abel taught us about generosity and thinking of others even when you think you have nothing left to give. He taught us all that and so much more.

I can't thank you all enough for everything you've done and for your endless generosity that allowed me to be with Abel through this last year-- a year that was so difficult--Abel and I absolutely needed each other, but because of all of you it was also a year in which we made our last memories together in our free time, instead of me having to worry about how I was going to pay the bills.

I'm not sure how to end this... I guess I am feeling that way on so many levels right now. I've said all I feel I want to say publicly at the moment. The next few weeks are a sacred time for us, so I understand if you want to reach out, but please remember that more than anything, I just want to spend time with Abel. Again, thank you all so much for allowing our last year to be as wonderful as it could be, and a special thanks to Donna, Josey, and my parents for being by our side the whole time and making it as memorable and easy as possible.
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Hello, friends!

Hope this update reaches all of you as you're recovering from December's revelry and family gatherings. I'm guessing this isn't the best time to hit people up for donations, but maybe some of you are still getting Christmas checks from obscure aunts in Phoenix or Ft. Lauderdale and are just itching to relieve yourself of that extra income before tax season...

If so, consider this: Jen recently was able to buy a new-to-her car thanks to the incredible generosity shown her by all of you. Her old car had 240,000 miles on it and broke down twice in September--once when the water pump failed on the way home from radiation in Syracuse with Abel. For all of us, the importance of having a safe, working car cannot be undervalued; for Jen, who is still driving Abel to Syracuse regularly, it is an absolute necessity. As has happened countless times since this began almost a year ago, Jen found herself awash in gratitude as she was able to afford a car that will keep her and and her family safe for many years to come.

Since it's been awhile, I'm going to try a brief rundown of Abel's current regimen. I say "brief," but 1) brevity really isn't my strong suit and 2) there's quite a lot to share. Here we go:

Radiation: That part is actually over. You may remember from the update Jen shared on Facebook, but in case you missed it, Abel had radiation every day for four weeks from October to November. I don't want to repeat all that, but if you want to read Jen's post, you can find it here: facebook.com/abelandjen

After radiation ended, Abel had a few weeks off, but then he started the treatment he'll be undergoing for six months, immunotherapy. For four days every three weeks, Abel once again goes to Syracuse, where he is injected with a drug called unituxin for ten hours each of those four days. Immunotherapy is a much newer treatment, and this particular drug has only been FDA approved since 2015.

While this treatment is much, much less traumatic than chemo, it is still not without its drawbacks. The transfusion itself is incredibly painful, though the doctors and nurses try very hard to mitigate that pain. Along with the unituxin, Abel is administered a steady dose of lidocaine and morphine. For the most part, this does ease a lot of the pain, but the unituxin is an antibody that binds to the neuroblastoma cells and then recruits his immune system to attack and kill those cells--unfortunately, neuroblastoma cells are a type of immature nerve cell and the antibody does not differentiate between the neuroblastoma cells and other immature nerve cells, so it binds to receptors throughout his body and causes intense nerve pain.

Initially, Jen expected that pain to be the extent of the side-effects from the immunotherapy. Sadly, that has not been the case. In addition to the immunotherapy, Abel is also taking Accutane during the weeks he is not in Syracuse for treatment. The dose he gets is six times higher than the dose people are prescribed for acne. The Accutane is necessary for it to actually make the neuroblastoma cells "grow up" (differentiate) and stop dividing. But the side effects are awful. Abel's skin is peeling off his face, and his lips are always cracked and bloody. This is with multiple applications of Aquaphor to his face and lips every day! He is also experiencing the mental and emotional side effects like anger, anxiety, and depression.

On top of all this, Abel's last set of scans still showed some activity in the area of the tumor. If that doesn't clear up by the end of the immunotherapy treatment, then Abel won't be in remission and he won't qualify for the maintenance study Jen was hoping to enter him into. Other than the obvious reasons this is disheartening, it also means that Jen has been spending a good deal of time and energy researching studies for refractory neuroblastoma (meaning that the standard treatment didn't make it go away).

Honestly, it's pretty late and I don't know how to end this. It's been almost a year since one of my best friends in the entire world found out her four-year-old son had cancer. I can't believe I just had to type that sentence--or any of the ones preceding it, for that matter. Of course there are bright spots--the overwhelming support of family, friends, and strangers; Abel's progress towards recovery; the love and laughter and day-to-day joy of living life. But there is also the dwindling bank account, the impracticality of trying to work, and the unimaginable pain of watching a little boy suffer even as he fights like not many of us could.

Please, if you do have those uncashed checks laying around or perhaps some Christmas sweaters to return that just aren't going to work out for you, consider helping finish funding this campaign. I'm still not quite used to asking for money so blatantly, but there's no sense in trying to beat around the bush, right? Thanks for understanding.

As always, I am floored by the unexpected ways in which life unfolds, and I am unendingly grateful that I get to be a part of this very extended family.

Much love,
Donna

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Hi everyone!

I am so sorry that it's been so long since the last update! There's quite a bit to fill you in on, but I'll try to be relatively brief.

First things first: Abel is officially done with chemo! He's been home for a few weeks since his last treatment, which, as expected, had some pretty heinous side effects. As was the case after the treatment before this one, Abel has suffered from extreme mucositis. Essentially, his entire GI tract was one big raw sore for two weeks, and as of just a few days ago, it was still trying to heal. At the worst point, Abel was bleeding from his moth, nose, eyes, and anus. While he's past that, he still hasn't been able to eat solid food since September 5th (although he's starting to here and there), so he receives his nutrition through an IV that Jen sets up for him every night and which he is then attached to for 12 hours.

Thankfully, though, chemo is over and he will hopefully never have to deal with it again. On an extra pleasant note, his hair will start growing back! Abel is very, very happy about that. And now that the chemo is done, the next phase of his treatment begins: radiation. Beginning October 16, Jen and Abel will have to travel to Syracuse every weekday morning for four weeks. On the plus side, the radiation dose is relatively low, and the doctors expect very few side effects. Unfortunately, because the radiation is targeted at his abdomen, they do expect him to continue to have trouble eating, so he will probably still receive some alternate nutrition.

That's the short version of things. Again, I'm sorry for the big lag in updates; a few of you lovelies have sent me messages checking in, and it made me feel so good to be reminded that even when there's relative radio silence on this end, you guys are all out there still sending your good vibes and love.

My life, like maybe yours, is dictated in large part by the school calendar. As soon as September gets going, I'm up to my ears in work, carpool stuff, appointments, meetings, and all the other trappings of a teacher/mom. But while the speed and tempo pick up for me and mine, Abel is slowly and patiently chugging along, with Jen by his side, surviving on whatever energy he can muster on a given day. He has plenty of fun (Jen and Josey and a host of friends and family make sure of it), but none of it is easy. All of the love and good vibes from you guys helps a ton; please continue sending those healing thoughts and well wishes. Even in the most trying times, knowing there is an entire community of loving, compassionate, generous, and kind people rooting for them makes coping with all this a little easier. And if you still haven't, or if it's been awhile, please keep sharing this campaign; while insurance covers Abel's treatment so far, the cost of being out of work to take care of him is pretty considerable. Additionally, once this phase of Abel's treatment is over, his maintenance care could potentially be incredibly costly. It's yucky to talk about money, but let's be real: being sick is expensive. Let's make sure Jen doesn't have to make a choice between being by Abel's side and picking up an extra shift.

You guys are amazing, and, as always, I am proud and humbled to be a part of this community.

Much love,
Donna

Learning to snap his fingers!
Abel came to visit my classroom!
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Hey friends! Since Abel is home resting up between his two Super Strong Chemos (official name), there hasn't been a ton to report. So here are a few tidbits and some information about what's coming up soon for our little guy.

The very next step is that second , and more grueling, round of intensive chemo. Last time, which was just a few weeks ago, was pretty rough and it took about a week after the end of the treatment before Abel could comfortably eat or drink--this time will be worse. As you may recall, both of these last two chemo treatments are followed by a stem cell transplant, which hopefully will lift Abel back up and help him recover from the chemo assault.

In preparation for this chemo and stem cell transplant, Abel's doctors have been ardent that he be kept away from people as much as possible to avoid infection. As I mentioned on the Facebook page, Abel's chemo has completely eradicated what little immunity his body could still muster. He now is even less protected than an unvaccinated newborn, as at least newborns inherit some antibodies from the womb and their mothers. In fact, starting next summer, Abel will have to receive all his childhood vaccinations again.

Despite the fact that Abel will soon be starting his LAST chemo treatment (hooray!), he is still far from done with his treatment. Following that treatment and stem cell transplant, Abel will have four weeks of radiation and then immunotherapy drugs until next summer, with a schedule of administration similar to the chemo schedule.

That means Abel will still be a regular in Syracuse, and Jen will still be unable to work; she has to be ready to drive him back and forth, (sometimes with no notice if he develops a fever or becomes sick), stay with him while he receives and recovers from treatment, and care for him during the day. If you're getting this email, it means you've already generously donated, and trust me, Jen continues to be moved beyond measure by your goodwill and generosity. If you haven't already, please consider sharing our campaign through your own social media--apparently that's how these sorts of fundraisers make the big bucks, and we're still shy of our goal. And since I'm already crudely and plainly asking for money, I may as well mention that this amount, while seemingly huge, is likely a drop in the bucket in terms of what Abel's long-term care will cost.

Those of you that know Jen know she's not greedy; those of you who don't, ask around. Jen has been selfless, kind, and hard-working as long as I've known her, and asking for help in this way doesn't come easy to her (that's why I do it!). So again, thank you endlessly for making this unpleasant part of things not so bad.

Much love,
Donna
Flexing for Mommy
Using his "fart gun" to gross Josey out
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Andrea Barbis
13 months ago

Instead of donating here, January rent is on us! Don't worry about it at all! I tried to get a hold of you the other day! Now I understand why I couldn't. Please let me know if I can do anything. I'm so sorry....

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Katie Miller
12 months ago
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Praying for you and your son. You both can get through this! My brother had neuroblastoma as a toddler also and he is now 31, so keep fighting and taking it a day at a time!

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Christine Page
12 months ago
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I am so happy to hear this news. Fight on little one

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Todd Geetter
12 months ago

I was happy to make a donation through Donna. Jen, I'd like you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and Abel throughout this trying time. Try to stay as positive as possible and to take the words from the great Jim Valvano on 3/3/93......... "Don't give up!, Don't ever give up!. Todd G.

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Judy King Maczko
1 month ago

Dear Jen, We all were so hopeful that Abel's journey would end in a different way. That God would spare him. But he had other plans for him and I think part of that plan was for all of us to see what a beautiful strong loving sharing little guy he is. Teaching us all to be strong in the face of adversity and be grateful for all that we have. I will pray for God's blessings upon little Abel and you that you may share the time he has left to create more memories to treasure. Please tell him we love him. Praying for strength for you both.

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Kathleen Tanner
1 month ago

May God Bless beautiful Abel and you and your family through this heartbreaking time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He is a beautiful beautiful child with a family that loves him so! I'm so sorry.

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Shaneik
1 month ago

Hi, my name Is Shaneik Watson and I am making this gofundme on behalf of my 29 yr old Aunt, Shanna Chen, and her 7 yr old daughter Brianna. On Friday, December 15th, 2017 Shanna went to the emergency room at Vassar Brothers Hospital because she was experiencing severe headaches. As a result of that visit, she and our family was devastated to find out that she had 2 brain aneurysms and would have to undergo emergency surgery that following morning. Shanna went into surgery for what was supposed to be a 4-6 hour procedure, It ended up being 15 hours. The doctor explained to us that during the procedure her brain began to bleed out and swell so they had to work vigorously to stop the bleeding and removed a portion of her skull that couldn’t be replaced due to the swelling of her brain in the process. We were informed today that her skull cannot be replaced for a few months during which time she will have to wear a helmet to protect her brain and go through rehabilitation to regain the full function of her brain. My mother is the oldest of my grandmothers eight children and my aunt Shanna is the youngest. She is more than a aunt to me and my sisters, she was raised by my mother in the same household as us all of our lives. I cry as I write this because I am still in disbelief that this is even reality right now. Shanna is a strong woman and by the grace of God the results of her cat scan show no permanent brain damage but she still has a long road ahead of her before she fully recovers. Shanna works as a PCA and she is a single mother who like many other people in the world live paycheck to paycheck so we are asking for help to keep her and Brianna’s home and for any other expenses that may occur during her time of healing. As of right now, Brianna does not know the extent of what has happened to her mom and we are trying to keep things as normal as possible for her and with the holidays nearing we don’t even know how to break the news to her but the last thing we want is for Brianna and her mom to have to go through this ordeal and end up losing their home and what sense of normalcy they had in their lives before this unexpected tragedy. Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated and even if not a monetary donation we are asking for prayers from all in our time of need. Thank you for taking the time out to read on Shanna and Brianna’s story. https://www.facebook.com/shaneik.watson/posts/10156114225392342

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Shaneik
1 month ago

Hi, my name Is Shaneik Watson and I am making this gofundme on behalf of my 29 yr old Aunt, Shanna Chen, and her 7 yr old daughter Brianna. On Friday, December 15th, 2017 Shanna went to the emergency room at Vassar Brothers Hospital because she was experiencing severe headaches. As a result of that visit, she and our family was devastated to find out that she had 2 brain aneurysms and would have to undergo emergency surgery that following morning. Shanna went into surgery for what was supposed to be a 4-6 hour procedure, It ended up being 15 hours. The doctor explained to us that during the procedure her brain began to bleed out and swell so they had to work vigorously to stop the bleeding and removed a portion of her skull that couldn’t be replaced due to the swelling of her brain in the process. We were informed today that her skull cannot be replaced for a few months during which time she will have to wear a helmet to protect her brain and go through rehabilitation to regain the full function of her brain. My mother is the oldest of my grandmothers eight children and my aunt Shanna is the youngest. She is more than a aunt to me and my sisters, she was raised by my mother in the same household as us all of our lives. I cry as I write this because I am still in disbelief that this is even reality right now. Shanna is a strong woman and by the grace of God the results of her cat scan show no permanent brain damage but she still has a long road ahead of her before she fully recovers. Shanna works as a PCA and she is a single mother who like many other people in the world live paycheck to paycheck so we are asking for help to keep her and Brianna’s home and for any other expenses that may occur during her time of healing. As of right now, Brianna does not know the extent of what has happened to her mom and we are trying to keep things as normal as possible for her and with the holidays nearing we don’t even know how to break the news to her but the last thing we want is for Brianna and her mom to have to go through this ordeal and end up losing their home and what sense of normalcy they had in their lives before this unexpected tragedy. Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated and even if not a monetary donation we are asking for prayers from all in our time of need. Thank you for taking the time out to read on Shanna and Brianna’s story. https://www.facebook.com/shaneik.watson/posts/10156114225392342

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Adrienne McAndrew
13 months ago

wishing you and Abel love and healing vibes. I can't even imagine ♥

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Mary Ann Secor
13 months ago

prayers for you and Abel

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Suzanne Yeager Spivey
13 months ago

Jen, we are praying for you and for Abel. He is such a great kid and you are a strong woman. Makenna says she misses and "lobes" him.

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Erica Kudyk
13 months ago

Bless you and youre son. I meet you once before you seem to be a strong women im sure that boy is as strong as you keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

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Jonathan Baier
13 months ago

I love this is trending (: God Bless each of you!

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Kelly Willey
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You are in my thoughts and prayers! ❤️

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Shannon Thompson
1 month ago

Jen I can’t tell you how my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Just know how amazing you are and how Able loves you so unconditionally! ❤️

Andrea Barbis
13 months ago

Instead of donating here, January rent is on us! Don't worry about it at all! I tried to get a hold of you the other day! Now I understand why I couldn't. Please let me know if I can do anything. I'm so sorry....

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Katie Miller
12 months ago
6
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Praying for you and your son. You both can get through this! My brother had neuroblastoma as a toddler also and he is now 31, so keep fighting and taking it a day at a time!

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Christine Page
12 months ago
2
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I am so happy to hear this news. Fight on little one

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Todd Geetter
12 months ago

I was happy to make a donation through Donna. Jen, I'd like you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and Abel throughout this trying time. Try to stay as positive as possible and to take the words from the great Jim Valvano on 3/3/93......... "Don't give up!, Don't ever give up!. Todd G.

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Judy King Maczko
1 month ago

Dear Jen, We all were so hopeful that Abel's journey would end in a different way. That God would spare him. But he had other plans for him and I think part of that plan was for all of us to see what a beautiful strong loving sharing little guy he is. Teaching us all to be strong in the face of adversity and be grateful for all that we have. I will pray for God's blessings upon little Abel and you that you may share the time he has left to create more memories to treasure. Please tell him we love him. Praying for strength for you both.

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Kathleen Tanner
1 month ago

May God Bless beautiful Abel and you and your family through this heartbreaking time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He is a beautiful beautiful child with a family that loves him so! I'm so sorry.

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Shaneik
1 month ago

Hi, my name Is Shaneik Watson and I am making this gofundme on behalf of my 29 yr old Aunt, Shanna Chen, and her 7 yr old daughter Brianna. On Friday, December 15th, 2017 Shanna went to the emergency room at Vassar Brothers Hospital because she was experiencing severe headaches. As a result of that visit, she and our family was devastated to find out that she had 2 brain aneurysms and would have to undergo emergency surgery that following morning. Shanna went into surgery for what was supposed to be a 4-6 hour procedure, It ended up being 15 hours. The doctor explained to us that during the procedure her brain began to bleed out and swell so they had to work vigorously to stop the bleeding and removed a portion of her skull that couldn’t be replaced due to the swelling of her brain in the process. We were informed today that her skull cannot be replaced for a few months during which time she will have to wear a helmet to protect her brain and go through rehabilitation to regain the full function of her brain. My mother is the oldest of my grandmothers eight children and my aunt Shanna is the youngest. She is more than a aunt to me and my sisters, she was raised by my mother in the same household as us all of our lives. I cry as I write this because I am still in disbelief that this is even reality right now. Shanna is a strong woman and by the grace of God the results of her cat scan show no permanent brain damage but she still has a long road ahead of her before she fully recovers. Shanna works as a PCA and she is a single mother who like many other people in the world live paycheck to paycheck so we are asking for help to keep her and Brianna’s home and for any other expenses that may occur during her time of healing. As of right now, Brianna does not know the extent of what has happened to her mom and we are trying to keep things as normal as possible for her and with the holidays nearing we don’t even know how to break the news to her but the last thing we want is for Brianna and her mom to have to go through this ordeal and end up losing their home and what sense of normalcy they had in their lives before this unexpected tragedy. Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated and even if not a monetary donation we are asking for prayers from all in our time of need. Thank you for taking the time out to read on Shanna and Brianna’s story. https://www.facebook.com/shaneik.watson/posts/10156114225392342

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Shaneik
1 month ago

Hi, my name Is Shaneik Watson and I am making this gofundme on behalf of my 29 yr old Aunt, Shanna Chen, and her 7 yr old daughter Brianna. On Friday, December 15th, 2017 Shanna went to the emergency room at Vassar Brothers Hospital because she was experiencing severe headaches. As a result of that visit, she and our family was devastated to find out that she had 2 brain aneurysms and would have to undergo emergency surgery that following morning. Shanna went into surgery for what was supposed to be a 4-6 hour procedure, It ended up being 15 hours. The doctor explained to us that during the procedure her brain began to bleed out and swell so they had to work vigorously to stop the bleeding and removed a portion of her skull that couldn’t be replaced due to the swelling of her brain in the process. We were informed today that her skull cannot be replaced for a few months during which time she will have to wear a helmet to protect her brain and go through rehabilitation to regain the full function of her brain. My mother is the oldest of my grandmothers eight children and my aunt Shanna is the youngest. She is more than a aunt to me and my sisters, she was raised by my mother in the same household as us all of our lives. I cry as I write this because I am still in disbelief that this is even reality right now. Shanna is a strong woman and by the grace of God the results of her cat scan show no permanent brain damage but she still has a long road ahead of her before she fully recovers. Shanna works as a PCA and she is a single mother who like many other people in the world live paycheck to paycheck so we are asking for help to keep her and Brianna’s home and for any other expenses that may occur during her time of healing. As of right now, Brianna does not know the extent of what has happened to her mom and we are trying to keep things as normal as possible for her and with the holidays nearing we don’t even know how to break the news to her but the last thing we want is for Brianna and her mom to have to go through this ordeal and end up losing their home and what sense of normalcy they had in their lives before this unexpected tragedy. Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated and even if not a monetary donation we are asking for prayers from all in our time of need. Thank you for taking the time out to read on Shanna and Brianna’s story. https://www.facebook.com/shaneik.watson/posts/10156114225392342

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Adrienne McAndrew
13 months ago

wishing you and Abel love and healing vibes. I can't even imagine ♥

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Mary Ann Secor
13 months ago

prayers for you and Abel

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Suzanne Yeager Spivey
13 months ago

Jen, we are praying for you and for Abel. He is such a great kid and you are a strong woman. Makenna says she misses and "lobes" him.

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Erica Kudyk
13 months ago

Bless you and youre son. I meet you once before you seem to be a strong women im sure that boy is as strong as you keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

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Jonathan Baier
13 months ago

I love this is trending (: God Bless each of you!

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