pituitary brain tumour operation

Hi, I am a 38 year old mother of two beautiful daughters, 16yrs and 10years of age, and have my wonderful husband who has loved and supported our kids and I since the day we met 12 years ago. My small family and I have shared both the up's and downs of life together, and right now we have gotten to a stage whereby the hard times have taken their toll, and the time has come to take action, so I need your help please!

The hard times have recently taken us to a scary place, after my husband Jason was made redundant from his job, and in normal times, my own job wouldve seen us through financially. However, as it turns out, it was the timing of his redundancy that, on its own could be seen as a major roadblock, however, it is when combined with my diagnosed Pituitary Brain Tumour (which has recently grown in size, with the symptoms now totally unmanageable, which have now forced me to stop working a full-time job etc) has made us sit down, take stock of where we are headed as things are, versus, the positive changes an operation to remove my tumour that would occur.
Overall, to get back to good health in order to again provide steadily for our family, is my number one goal.

Whether you feel a connection to assist my particular family and I, or, whether you feel called to a different persons plight; I genuinely want to start by thanking you because even by viewing a site like this one, it means that you think about others in need, and are taking precious time you hear my/our personal stories.

How did I get here?

After being diagnosed with my Pituitary Brain Tumour, and quickly becoming so symptomatic with severe migraines, nausea, unable to get out of bed some days, and overall now struggling to look after my children at times; I asked my Neurosurgeon what was involved both financially, and physically, with operating to surgically remove my brain tumour, knowing that getting back on my feet tumour-free, would surely have a positive flow-on effect for my family too!

Although I was able to initially try first to use medication in an effort to shrink my tumour; I was disappointed to learn that I am one of the unfortunate 2% of patients whose bodies cannot tolerate the medications involved! Thereafter, I was advised that the cost of pre-operative treatment, along with the operation cost itself, would be up over the $6200 mark...I was admittedly deflated, shocked, and knew that things were about to possibly get a whole lot worse for my family and I...a family unit that was self sufficient prior to my diagnosis and the domino effect its had on my life financially and physically.

Good news...My husband Jason is attending interviews and once he does secure a new job, things will begin to improve over time, particularly once we have been able to catch-up. In the interim, working out a way to finally get myself well in order to function as a mum and wife has brought me here, because even small donations will add up and assist greatly.

I'll admit; I initially almost totally gave up after learning the above dollar figure (which may as well have been one million dollars to me), because after my diagnosis, I was no longer able to work, and the sudden lack of income has already led to my children and us facing genuine housing issues also. Giving up seemed almost easier than trying to think outside the square for a solution.

But then, recently, as I lay there on my bed and prayed to God, asking him to please urgently step in and show me a way to both ensure my children and I kept a safe roof over our heads (ie funds to at least afford a lower rental area, after finding that my rental applications were being rejected due to no longer having the full-time income they wanted to see) as well as funds to be able to have my tumour removed so as to get back on my feet again and earn a living...well, it was almost like a small whisper during my prayers, that pushed me to keep the faith, and to "ask and you shall receive".

Needless to say, I began looking for a way in which to find the much-needed funding to get well, to find housing, and therefore, to ultimately break this cycle and the knock-on effect thay my illness, has created. Its certainly a work-in-progress, but with a new more positive attitude, and the drive to get back to being "me"; it has all led me here!

In all honesty, upon seeing this "GoFundMe" site initially, my pride got in the way, until I was putting my youngest to sleep, and she hugged me tightly, and said "Mummy, dont panic, like you have always taught me; God promises to look after us, just like we have helped others when they needed it the most"! Wow, out of the mouth of babes... my daughter was spot-on, and I reminded myself that my pride was getting in the way of me keeping the promise that I made to my own kids, which was my comittment to always be there for my children!

So, in dropping my pride, I am here today, trusting that God will provide by way of touching certain peoples hearts in a unique way whereby before donating towards helping us, that they would feel sure within their own hearts that this particular form of giving is something they also feel called to.

In turn, I commit to "paying it forward" once back on my feet. Thank you so much for taking the time to hear my journey, and for your kind assistance. On behalf of my children and I, we bless you and thank you!
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Marcia Martin 
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