Help for the Willard Family

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Jennifer Willard  CLAYTON, NC

I set up this account to help ease some of our financial burdens that come with dealing with multiple  family members that have chronic illnesses. 

 My husband  was the sole bread winner of our family but was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2010 and since then he has lost his job and is now totally disabled due to his daily seizures , the brain tumor,  and the effects they along with all the medication he has to take  have on his body. He has already been through three years of chemotherapy. They cycle him on/off to give his body rest.  As of right now, there is no cure, just hopes of keeping the tumor stable for as long as possible. 

  My oldest daughter has a rare genetic disorder requires several specialist to follow her care.  This has caused the loss of her right eye, facial and bone deformity, and took parts of her left arm bones. She had endured dozens of surgeries in her young life. 

 As we speak highly specialized doctors are discussing several surgeries for my daughter,one as early as this summer. They will require several days in the hospital.  She has a very long and difficult  road ahead of her.

   My family has had its share of  burdens and any help will be appreciated.  

 Thank you,

 Jennifer

 

**** I do update often on my carepages website http://www.carepages.com/carepages/WillardFamily *

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Update 128
Posted by Jennifer Willard
20 days ago
Can you believe it, 2017! It just kinda snuck up on us. We spent much of Christmas Eve morning at the ER. Roy had a pretty bad fall, and ended up with fracture ribs. He is better now, still real sore, but healing.

2016 was a pretty emotional year with many ups and downs. Three family members undergoing pretty complicated surgeries. Roy, his VNS placement, then later an adjustment. Breanna, her facial implant and tumor debulking, and finally Cheyenne with her femoral osteotomy. So many nights spent in the hospital.

2016 also showed changes in Roy's tumor and the surrounding tissue. Which meant having to go back on chemotherapy.

I had hoped 2017 would settle down some, but Roy is only in chemo cycle 2 of 12. Breanna has at least two major surgeries planned this year. In fact, tomorrow we are meeting with two of the surgeons tomorrow to discuss, plan, and set a date for one of those surgeries.

Cheyenne is progressing amazingly in physical therapy. She has transitioned from her wheel chair to walker to now only a crutch. It will still take many more weeks to get full strength back in her hip, but Wow.. Even the therapist are impressed.

It is exhausting caring for three family members with chronic conditions. It can be very time consuming running back and forth to doctor appointments. Often times we spend more time in the car, at doctors' offices, and hospitals than we do at home.

It breaks a mother's heart watching your child go through all this as you sit there helpless because there is not a damn thing you can do.

I want to say even though at times I feel bleak and I yell, scream, and cry out at God. I am thankful for the people he has brought into our lives, to the love that has been shown to our family. Roy and I are very thankful.
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Update 127
Posted by Jennifer Willard
1 month ago
Today Roy had his four week check-up. All his labs looked great and vitals were good. He picked up chemo cycle 2 of 12. No change in seizure activity just yet, but its still early in his treatment. Roy does has a new symptom now.. daily headaches. They could be from the chemo, nausea meds, or even the tumor. Just so many possibilities. Next month Roy has a MRI, hopefully it will show the tumor is responding to treatment and his seizures will have decreased some.

Christmas will be here in just a few days, man this year has just flown by. We have had many ups and downs, days when it seemed like our world was falling apart and when we are at our breaking point, God shows his grace. He has brought so many caring people into our lives, and for that we are thankful.
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Update 126
Posted by Jennifer Willard
2 months ago
Today was one of those tiring emotionally challenging days. It started off with a problem with Roy's MRI and just went down hill from there. Eventually Roy had his MRI and we met with his oncologist... it wasn't what we expected. Roy's tumor has changed. It has grown some, not aggressively, but enough to concern his oncologist. This also explains his increase in seizures and some of the other symptoms he has been having. They wanted to start chemotherapy right away, but agreed to wait until after Thanksgiving. Friday will be his first dose.
Right now we agreed on two months, partly because after the first of the year his insurance changes and chemo will be very expensive and then they want to see how his body tolerates it. It is the same chemo he has had in the past, he will take it daily for the next eight weeks. They are talking about him going back on it for a year. I just do not know what we are going to do. There is so much on our plates. Going back on chemo means monthly blood work and checks in with his oncologist, this means more back and forth trips to Duke. Add in his seizure meds, Breanna's upcoming surgery, new artificial eye she will need, and Cheyenne's recovery, I feel like I am drowning. We are trying, really trying to keep our heads up, but it is so hard.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we are going to try and enjoy the day with good food and friends..
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Update 125
Posted by Jennifer Willard
2 months ago
Cheyenne came through her surgery with no complications. The surgeon was happy with the results. He cut her femur bone in to, took the top part and rotated it until it fit properly into her hip socket, then put in screws and plates to hold it in place. He wants her off of it for around six weeks. So she has a wheelchair, walker, and crutches to help her get around. The first few days were rough, but we got home yesterday and she is doing a little better. Pain is still a hurdle we are battling. She was prescribed some pretty strong pain medicine, but they still don't get rid of the pain completely. When she gets up and starts moving around, the pain overcomes her and she gets sick. Hopefully her pain gets better soon.
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Liza McConnell Coutu
6 months ago

Jennifer, I have not met you in real life, but I've been following your gofundme for quite a while and pray for you and your family. I wondered if you have heard of or seen The Truth About Cancer video series. It has so much good information, not just about cancer treatment and prevention, but how to make good choices about what you eat and are exposed to that will help your immune system fight off the many things you have described here. I will continue to pray that you get the information you need the wisdom to process that information the way God wants you to, and the strength to obey God in however he is leading you. Even though I don't know you, my heart goes out to you as you go through all of these trials. Feel free to contact me if you do not know how to find the video series. I think I first found you through Spice-line?

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Felicia Bridges
30 months ago

Breanna is such a delight - I have enjoyed getting to know her in small group on Sunday mornings and our family is praying for her and for your whole family. Praying for healing, provision, peace and faith - praying, too, that God will bring encouragement in these very difficult days.

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Kirsten Darby
31 months ago

We are praying for you and your family!

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$16,832 of $25k goal

Raised by 250 people in 47 months
Created March 13, 2013
Jennifer Willard  
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Michelle Scruggs
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Marcus and I hope y'all have a good Christmas with many blessings!! We love ya!

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Much love and admiration!!

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Liza McConnell Coutu
6 months ago

Jennifer, I have not met you in real life, but I've been following your gofundme for quite a while and pray for you and your family. I wondered if you have heard of or seen The Truth About Cancer video series. It has so much good information, not just about cancer treatment and prevention, but how to make good choices about what you eat and are exposed to that will help your immune system fight off the many things you have described here. I will continue to pray that you get the information you need the wisdom to process that information the way God wants you to, and the strength to obey God in however he is leading you. Even though I don't know you, my heart goes out to you as you go through all of these trials. Feel free to contact me if you do not know how to find the video series. I think I first found you through Spice-line?

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Felicia Bridges
30 months ago

Breanna is such a delight - I have enjoyed getting to know her in small group on Sunday mornings and our family is praying for her and for your whole family. Praying for healing, provision, peace and faith - praying, too, that God will bring encouragement in these very difficult days.

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Kirsten Darby
31 months ago

We are praying for you and your family!

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