Brenda has been officially diagnosed with Moyamoya syndrome. Moyamoya is a rare blood vessel disorder in which a ring of blood vessels at the base of your brain and the uppermost segments of the arteries supplying the brain progressively narrow, causing blood flow to the brain to become reduced. She lives day to day not knowing if a stroke could happen today, or when she’s 100. The risk is that high.
Next month Brenda and Tracy will pack a bag and head to California to have TWO surgeries to reroute the problem causing arteries and alleviate the pain she has experienced off and on for the past few years. She will be there for approximately 3 weeks.
When this disease began affecting Brenda, the medical bills started pouring in excess of $40,000. Paying these bills has been a struggle not to mention supporting their daughter while she attends college at Iowa State University. Asking for financial assistance is something the Wickett’s would never in a million years dream of doing, but there comes a time when it’s ok to receive help and now is it. Any amount, no matter how big or small is helpful. You don’t even have to identify yourself, you can remain anonymous. If you are unable to donate, please share this link, say a prayer, or simply extend warm wishes to her.
While many uncertainties remain, we do know that Brenda has one of the biggest hearts and spirits around.
“Heroes didn't leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn't wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else's. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.”
― Jodi Picoult, Second Glance
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