Bonnie's Brain Tumor Battle
Many of you know Bonnie and David’s story. Or, maybe you don’t. Imagine you are living in your own version of Paradise: sun and sand all around, the man you love by your side and your 3 rescue kitties to complete the family. Then, one day, out of nowhere, a seizure changes the course of your life. Suddenly, the path you were once blissfully traveling has changed to a dark, scary and unknown trail that leads to an uncertain future. That uncertain future comes in the form of Bonnie’s diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) last May. The past nine months have been filled with chaos, doctor’s visits, travel to and from Chemo and Radiation treatments, more doctor’s visits, prescriptions that would be enough to supply more than 100 people, time out of work for David, Bonnie now unemployed and unable to drive and, worst of all, pain. Pain from the pressure from the tumors, pain from the effects of the chemo, pain from the medications that are supposed to help.
I share all of this with you in hopes that you will help spread their story. We’d never heard of GBM until Bonnie’s diagnosis, but it seems it’s not as rare as once thought. It seems now that every time we share the truth of Bonnie’s new reality, we discover that GBM is far more common than we anticipated. I would not wish this diagnosis on anyone. But my family has been chosen to endure it. There is a reason, and we don’t see it, not yet. But God Above must think that we are all strong enough to handle this. To everyone who has followed Bonnie’s journey and to those of you who have donated financially or of your time, we thank you for your kindness and support. Please continue your prayers and please help spread the word about GBM. Much love, #TeamBonnie
As for her current status, they have an appointment at Duke on Monday, the 13th to see how the chemo has affected the tumors. Sister Jean is also doing some additional research to see if there are any other studies and resources available on this monstrosity of a disease. There is still such a long road ahead of Bonnie and David and things are certainly not getting any easier, but we are all staying strong and are doing everything we can to help continue the fight.
Thank you for all of your messages on Facebook, your donations, your kind thoughts and of course, the Christmas cards! They were such a joy to read during the Holidays. So many wonderful words from all over the world!
Prayers and your continued support are still very much needed.
Bonnie, You are such a fighter, keep fighting with all you have in you girl, you've got this. But know this will not get you out of fantasy football, you can't leave me as the only girl left on the team. So Go, Fight, Win, kick cancers ass and then kick some football ass. Miss and love you!
Bonnie, thank you for sharing your journey. I know it's very personal, but I'm sure everyone who reads it is curious to know how you are doing. Hopefully people will continue to share your story and one of these days we'll get those Cowboys of yours to "pony up"! Olive Juice!