A few weeks ago Felicity (Flic) Plew was at home in Nhulunbuy, NT awaiting the birth of her baby. This pregnancy was different to the others. She struggled with Gestational Diabetes, severe headaches and started confusing her words - as a nurse/midwife Flic knew that something was wrong.
Flic flew to Darwin for testing and on May 16th was diagnosed with a 5.5cm Brain Tumour. She was quickly airlifted to Adelaide to prepare for the early arrival of her baby and prepare for neurosurgery.
Jesse Grahame Plew was born on May 24th at 33+5 weeks gestation. He was 2.530kg and the little fighter is thriving in the special care nursery where he will remain for some weeks.
Felicity had her neurosurgery on June 7th and doctors drained the fluid from the tumour and were able to remove 80% of the tumour itself. MRI scans just prior to surgery show that it had grown to 7cm, a 1.5cm increase in 2 weeks. The remaining 20% cannot be removed without affecting Flic's quality of life.
Biopsy results came back on Wednesday 14th June and doctors told Felicity & Simon that she has Brain Cancer. Flic's cancer is called a Glioblastoma, the most agressive cancer that forms within the brain. It's Stage 4. Raditation and chemotherapy will start over the next couple of weeks.
There is no cure for Brain Cancer.
While Felicity is in hospital recovering from surgery and Jesse is in special care, the rest of the family is staying in a caravan park nearby.
Seeing Simon, Alexander 8, Gracie 6, Sophia 4, Charlie 2 & Jesse 3 weeks brings so much joy to Flic at this difficult time. Simon has had to take a leave of absence from work to remain in Adelaide by Felicity's side and unfortunately costs are starting to mount up. He is trying to provide a stable, loving environment for the children at a time when their entire world has been flipped upside down. He is also worrying about day to day necessities, bills, paying the mortgage in SA, rent in NT and hire of the cabin in Adelaide and now the cost of cancer treatment too. He is doing all of this with his best friend in the hospital fighting for her life.
Felicity & Simon are so grateful to have the ongoing support of loving family and friends who are assisting with cooking meals and helping with babysitting.
If you would like to help out this wonderful family please donate, even the cost of a cup of coffee would be a great help.
Thank you xxx
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ANY DONATIONS MADE ARE TO BE USED SOLEY FOR PERSONAL FUNDING TO ASSIST WITH COSTS INCURED DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS.
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