"The most epic weekend ever started on Friday with our family gathering together around my Nano (Grandpa) as he was labeled fragile and lay in a hospital bed in the corner of his bedroom as we gave him medication to keep him comfortable. Nicky, my aunt and I decided that we would not leave and wanted to be by his side and also bring comfort to my Nana, so we stayed the night. Nicky and I laid together in bed and Nana slept in the spare bedroom in hopes for her to get some rest. Nicky and I laid and talked for a while when finally she turned over to sleep. I said, “I’m going to spoon you” and rolled next to her. The next thing I knew I was entering the hospital on a stretcher, blood all over me. I had a seizure, violently shaking, something I have not had before. After a couple of scans, the typical CT and MRI, a mass was revealed. A mass that was confirmed as a brain tumor, large, the size of a baseball. It’s sitting just behind my left eye and could have been growing there my whole life; we truly do not know because we only have these images of my brain and no others. Surgery is required as the Dr wants and needs to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Right now that is scheduled for Wednesday. The Dr. isn’t sure he will get it all, but he says that’s ok...we need to make room in there and carve it out before my vision starts being affected. We don’t know how intertwined it is until they open up my head. So, there you have it, I have a brain tumor. I’m trying to stay positive because honestly besides the seizure I feel completely normal. Steve has been by my side, and my family is all a mess, especially my mom. Please pray for everyone including the surgeons and the medical team, for my family and me. Also, this morning my Nano has officially passed peacefully in his home. I know he just couldn’t bear this news of mine, it was hard enough to tell Nana. The risks of surgery include slurred speech and right extremity paralysis. Until Wednesday I’m the Stephanie you’ve always known."
We would like to ask for donations to help out the Smokovich Family during this difficult time. Stephanie will have a long recovery ahead of her, and if we can help with everything from groceries to assisting with bills that's what we want to do! Easing their stress financially is a small part of the healing process but a part that we can all help with right now.
Thank you for helping our friend, who's a wife, momma, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, a faith-filled woman, and a dear friend to many.
Nikki Sivils, Jill Yegerlehner & Kristen Young
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