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Hello everyone, my name is Emily Straniero and I just recently turned 28. Ten years ago in March marked the beginning of what I thought to be a short journey. After a car accident, a neurosurgeon determined I had a benign brain tumor. In 2012, two months before my college graduation, I had a craniotomy to remove tumor cells. Unfortunately it was not able to all be safely removed. From then on became my every day struggle. It is almost March of 2018.I recently found out my tumor grew back. I have kept it private until now. Asking for help is very hard. I’m surrounded by so many incredible people. I’m surrounded by love, by hope. My family is having to take trips back and forth for doctor appointments. I’ve done more chemo than I would like to share. I am 28. I want to help those around me. I raised about $500 for the American Brain tumor Association in February. Now I’m looking at a possible third brain surgery. It’s scary. I thought after this past summer my worries were over.Life happens. It’s how you deal with it. Bounce back. Be a fighter. Be selfless. Does it hurt my pride to ask for help? Absolutely. Does it sting to know that I feel scared? Of course. Do I even want to make this public? No, I don’t. Pity is not something I want. Love and kindness is what I look for. If you have those components in life, nothing can bring you down. I guess what I am trying to say is that I’m looking to help those around me and help relieve some of the financial burden that comes with a chronic illness. I have to swallow my pride and out this out there. Before I finish, I’d like to share what I have been through. Six weeks of radiation. Nine weeks of chemo. Six more weeks of different chemo. And now a possible third surgery to get rid of the scary blob that came up again on my last scan. What would you do? Wallow in self pity? Hell no! You’d live your life. You’d love every moment. You’d hug everyone just a little longer. You’d do everything you could to help those who help you. You’d crave one day of normalcy. So yes, I’m asking for help. There are so many ongoing costs. There are outside expenses you’d never even think of. It’s a lot. If possible, I am asking for help. It’s not an obligation. Just simply asking. God bless you all. All my love,Emily


  • The Hopkin Family
    • $100 
    • 6 yrs


Emily Straniero
Brandermill, VA

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