Chelsey started having debilitating migranes half way through her pregnancy. She had an MRI done after they were constant and unrelenting. The doctors found a tumor imbedded into her brain. After the second MRI the tumor had grown 20%. The doctors explained that the tumor had been slowly growing within her brain but the increase in hormones exasterbated the growth. This brought on symptoms which led to its discovery. Had Chelsey never gotten pregnant, the tumor most likely would not have been found until it was too late. She was told she needed brain surgery.
Rushed into an emergency C-Section her tiny miracle Taylor was born 4 weeks premature. She had to be revived 3 times, and finally made it. She was then placed in the NICU for 5 days. Chelsey's brain hemmoraged during Taylor's birth and wasn’t able to see Taylor until day 3. Chelsey then had to have brain surgery just 2 short weeks after. The diagnosis came and everyone’s lives were changed... Giant Cell Glioblastoma Multiform, an extremly rare cancer with a very low life expectancy.
It has been over 3 years since the doctors gave Chelsey only months on her life expectancy. She has adhered to a strict diet and non convential treatments that have been life saving. It has been amazing to watch Taylor learn and grow into the sweetest little girl there is.
Since her diagnosis, life has been a battle for Chelsey. Constant uncovered medical bills and climbing cancer cell counts have left her struggling to make ends meet. In 2017 Chelsey's husband was unable to overcome his addiction and she was forced to file for divorce to protect the health and wellbeing of herself and her daughter. Since filing, she has not recieved any financial assistance from her husband as the court system is slow moving and inudated with cases.
Chelsey is one of the strongest, most caring, and fun loving people I know. She struggles daily asking for help, so I am asking for her. Please donate what you can, every little bit helps. I wish I could do it all for her, I'm sure every friend feels that way when someone they love is struggling. Until the battle is won, we fight.
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- Joy Lynn McGee Hemme
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