Our friend Kris is a loving, outgoing, ambitious, warmhearted person who always lights up a room. She is kind, altruistic and she is always there for others. Kris is a nature person and loves to be outside. She achieved a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. She always jokes around and sings the Captain Planet theme song when trying to show us ways to protect the environment. She has a great sense of humor.
Kris went through a period of time where she was sick or didn’t feel well more often than not. She seemed a bit off from her normal perky self. She was at the doctor once or twice a month. Then one morning she woke up and couldn’t see well in her left eye. She thought maybe it was due to sleeping wrong or an issue with her contact. After a few days she went and saw her doctor. When the doctor said to get an MRI she didn’t think anything of it.
Kris got her MRI at 8:15pm on March 31st. The next morning right after she got to work her doctor’s office called and said they needed her to come in asap and to bring someone with her. It was 7:15 in the morning so no one was able to go with her. We wish that we could have been there with her when she got the news. Having the good sense of humor that she does, Kris describes it as the worst April Fool’s Day prank ever.
On April 1, 2015 Kris was diagnosed with an atypical meningioma. She was able to see a neurosurgeon on April 7th and he said she had to have surgery right away because her tumor was 2.48” x 1.9” x 1.7” and was life threatening. She had a craniotomy on April 10th. The surgery was just under 10 hours long. The tumor was attached to Kris’ optic nerve and could not be completely removed. Her MRI one month later showed that the tumor had already grown and she needed to have radiation. She received 33 treatments.
Our friend’s life has never been the same. Due to having, removing and continuously treating her brain tumor Kris has endured side effects such as extreme fatigue, cognitive impairments, head pain, seizures, nerve pain, memory problems, anxiety, and depression in addition to living in constant fear of recurrence. Going through all of this has caused insurmountable medical bills that have created outstanding bills in other areas of her life such as student loans. It has also forced her to put aside other medical needs such as dental and gastrointestinal procedures.
Having a tumor has significantly reduced Kris’ quality of life. She has been trying to maintain her independence through all this and despite her best efforts she is unable to keep up with the ongoing medical costs. We started this campaign to ask for donations to help Kris with the financial struggles her brain tumor has caused.
Every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to read Kris’ story.
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