Recently, Kasee started complaining about headaches that she couldn't shake. It then turned into double vision, facial pain, numbness, nausea, and dizziness. We thought it was from the stress of starting a new job and moving into their new home, but the symptoms got worse. She decided to see a physician here in town which then lead her to seeing several other doctors. There was one doctor who told her it was a cystic tumor, but he basically had no clue how to fix it. She honestly had lost hope. Who wouldn't? Then she was directed to a Neurosurgeon in California who specializes in these types of tumors. This past week she had a phone interview set up with him to talk about her MRI.With no hesitation, he told her he could help her. He told her all about the cyst and explained it to her in such a caring way. He explained that the cyst is pressing against vital areas of the brain that could cause major damage and be detrimental. It is located near the pineal glad, which is in the dead center of her brain. These tumors are more common when they are small in size, however, the one that she has had grown to a very rare (large) size. This surgery is almost mandatory.
She told me this while she sat across from me on my couch yesterday. She sat on the couch and said, "I have to have the surgery. Higgins and I have to fly to California for me to have brain surgery." I listened to her list the seven thousand things she had going on in her mind. She listed things from Higgins having to take off work, to her not wanting to let her boss down, to how will we fly out there, to her family, to her mom, to her sister. She never once said anything about herself. She didn't tell me about how nervous she was or how upset she was. She still had a peace about her. It is a peace straight from Jesus. She said that she knew she would be fine, she was just worried about how everyone else was going to be. This time while sitting on the couch-- we'd switched seats, literally. We have our usual spots on the couch, but they flipped this time. I was the one listening to her talk about the surgery and talk about how her husband and family will deal. But then at the end of the conversation she said her usual "I'm going to be okay."
She is going to be okay.The doctors know what they are doing. Not only do those doctors know what they are doing, but Jesus, her creator, knows what he is doing and that is the most beautiful part of this mess.
Kasee and Higgins are still waiting to hear back from the insurance company to see what will be covered. However, they know what won't be covered already. This includes the airfare, hotel, and meals. They will both be out of work. Kasee for at least 3 months and Higgins about 2 weeks. With this page, they are hoping to raise money for this unexpected journey.
I am honored to step in on this beautiful couples behalf and ask people to come together and support them anyway possible. This may look different for everyone. Please pray healing for Kasee and peace for the family during these next couple of months. They need our help.
For more information on the surgery please visit http://www.skullbaseinstitute.com/pineal-tumor/
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