Beloved mom and wife battling brain cancer

It has been a long journey for my family.  It start August 2016 when my mom , the rock of our family was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain cancer.  We did not think she would make it but thankfully she did. She underwent her 1st brain surgery,  did radiation 5 days a week for 5 weeks and TMZ chemo pill form at home 5 days a month for a year . 
   October 2017 she had a reoccurrence in same spot , surgery was not recommended. Did another 5 weeks 5 days a week of radiation and switched to Avastin every 2 weeks for 6 months then once a month.  Decided to stop Avastin and try more natural at home treatment that worked for close to 2 years . By February 2020 she started slipping off her regiments,  by Mothers day 2020 it was discovered the tumor had mutated and moved to another part of her brain. She has second surgery removing 70% put back on Avastin no radiation due to how hard it was on her the last round of radiation she had done . In August it was discovered that the tumor had doubled in size growing like a bubble pushing on the part of the brain that controls motor skills on right side along with her speech everytime it grew or there is inflammation. Doctors had nothing much more to offer at that time . 
   As many of you know, cancer has it's ups and downs and we have had plenty since 2016. When you add in normal life with trying to pay everyday bills and medical bills that are not covered by insas well as caring for mom , it can become overwhelming. On top of everything our roof is 20 plus years old and has major leak dad has patched multiple times.  We were planning to replace it right before moms resent reoccurrence.  Everything has been put on hold to care for her. 
    I have cut down to part time/ PRN at work to be by her side as much as possible in addition to caring for my 2 almost 3 year old son. Thankfully his dad is helping with him . My dad has his landscaping business and my brother works for him. I want to to hold fund raisers but COVID-19 has prevented that . So I decided to start this go fund me page in Hope's to help pay some of the medical bills and help alleviate the financial burden.  My dad feels he must work close to 7 days a week to try to keep the money flowing.  This alone is taking a toll on dad as he cannot spend more time with mom. 
    The cancer has pretty much taken away much of who she truly is and we are having trouble accepting losing the rock of the family.  Now that hospice is involved none of us want to leave her side for long periods of time.  She has always wanted to be home especially now considering COVID-19.  We could not bear not being to be by her side while she was hospitalized. We should be planning her 60th birthday celebration in January,  but instead we are planning end of life wishes.  
   If you have anything to give during these difficult times for everyone in the world.  We would be extremely grateful and blessed if you are able to donate anything to help my family.  Even if you are unable to donate just by sharing our story would mean more than we could ever Express . Thank you all that have taken the time to read , donating and / or sharing our story.  Thank you and god bless !

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Belinda C. Verkade 
Organizer
Lecanto, FL
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