A little back story...
Natasha has had a lot of ups and downs in her life, and the past 10 years have been particularly difficult. Though you would never catch her complaining about her situations, as she is the strongest woman I know. Natasha had her son Ethan 11 years ago, and her partner at the time passed away unexpectedly when Ethan was just 3 years old, leaving her to single-handedly parent a little boy and mourn her loss of her partner. A year later, Tash met the love of her life, Brad Clements. Shortly after meeting, Natasha found a lump in her breast and heard the devastating news that she had breast cancer at the young age of 25. Brad stayed by her side the whole time, selflessly helping her raise her son, and being the sole provider financially as she underwent months of treatment, a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. This experience had financially drained them, however, they never complained, and were thankful she beat cancer. They stuck through it all together, with a positive attitude. Tash had been cancer free for 5 years, and they decided to downsize their lifestyle, eventually moving to the Okanagan, buying a small trailer to live in, and trying to financially get ahead.
Everything was working out, as they both had great jobs and were starting to finally feel settled, when a big blow came unexpectedly July 18th, 2017. Tash was at home with Brad and their son Ethan when she started to feel stiff in her neck. She thought she was lying down in an uncomfortable position when all of a sudden she started getting very dizzy. Natasha's condition rapidly deteriorated, as she started having double vision, vomiting, and lost all control of her body and limbs. Brad frantically called 911 and rushed her to the hospital. They did tests and ran her through a CT scan, where they found multiple tumors in her brain. Natasha was hemorrhaging from these tumors, and it was causing her brain to swell. She was rapidly transferred to Kelowna general hospital, where she had to undergo emergency brain surgery. They were able to remove blood clots/tissue, as well as a large tumor. The latest news that we have received is Natasha has a large tennis ball sized tumor growing on her brain stem, in which the doctors can't remove as there is a risk of brain damage. The doctors are working with an oncologist from Edmonton who worked with Tash previously to determine the best course of action.
In the meantime, Brad, Tash, and Ethan desperately need your help. Brad is by Tash's side constantly and is commuting back and forth from Lavington to Kelowna. As well as trying to hold up a job, and raise Ethan. Their financial situation is getting critical. Ethan Tash and Brad would never ask for help, but I know that they will need all the help they can get so that they can focus on her health, and getting better.
Please, guys, anything helps! These are the most incredible people I know and really need some support. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!!!
- Chandel Warzin
- Justine Klettke
- John Komick
- Andrea Pittman
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