Nema's Fight

In June, our mom started having headaches. They started off mild but by July they were bringing her to her knees. When we finally got her in for an MRI, they rushed her to KU Med the day they got the results. Several scans and needles and sleepless nights later, we got the hardest news we’ve ever had to receive - our mom has stage IV lung cancer that has metastasized to her brain and spine. The last two months have been a surreal blur of radiation appointments, chemotherapy, pokes and prods and more sleepless nights. I think things are starting to make sense again. Our mom’s sick but we have a plan with the oncologists and neurologists to get this thing figured out. The mets in her brain are almost gone and she’s already two treatments into a 6-month round of chemotherapy. The labs say she’s handling the chemo well!

The biggest challenge for us at the moment is that she’ll be out of work for the next six to eight months.  It's hard to ask for help, especially financial help, but the situation we're in requires us to suspend our pride for the time being. Please only donate if you can. Otherwise, we ask that you share this with as many people as you can. Also please feel free to comment on this page anything you may wish us to pass onto Nema.

“My mama is my best friend. Everything she has ever done in life is for the benefit of others, particularly her children. She told me that growing up the only thing she ever wanted to be was a mom. She hides her nausea and holds back her tears when I’m around. She doesn’t want me to see her in pain. She’s the best person I know. She’s so strong and so brave. She will beat this. I don’t think I can express in words how much I appreciate my step dad. I remember when my mom was dating and trying to find a husband, I was always overprotective and skeptical of anyone she introduced to us. I always considered myself the “man of the house” and I was reluctant to relinquish that title. But seeing my step dad work tirelessly and without complaint over the last few months has relieved any doubts that may have lingered in my subconscious. Even when I shutdown and withdrawal from the situation, he is right there by her side every single day. He's there for every single appointment. When she beats this, it will be directly due to his selfless and tireless efforts bring her comfort in any way he can and I will never be able to thank him enough for that.” - Jacob, Nema’s oldest son

“My mom is my hero. Many people have heard me say this and I will continue to say it until the day I die. She has always been there, through everything. She is the person I can turn to when I'm having troubles and she always knows just what to say to make everything okay. When we were kids, we didn’t have much money, but us kids never knew it. She would always do everything she could to give us such an amazing life! We would eat popcorn and have a slumber party in the living room. We would have mud fights in the front yard even after she told us no. But she wouldn't get mad. She would just smile and help us clean up. She would come to our school dressed as Tigger for halloween even though she had school the day before and worked that night. Mom is the most loving, caring, strongest, most selfless person I have ever met. She has made me into the woman I am today and I know I wouldn't be here without her. She has no idea how loved and appreciated she is! Even when she was working full time, going to school full time, and raising three young children on her own she still made time to be there. It broke my heart to see her struggle to find love. Then in 2008, she married the man of her dreams! Our little family went from a family of four to a family of six. I remember being so happy that my mother finally found someone to love her as much as we do! She’s made such an impact on so many people's lives and I can’t imagine going through what she is going through. But through it all, she still smiles and says just the right things to make me feel better when I'm sad. Her hugs are home to me. Her smile is my happy place. Her presence is my peace. Mommy you’re my hero I will always love you more.” - Emma, Nema’s daughter and mother to her only two grandchildren, Ryleigh and Peyton

“My mom has been a role model, a mother, a father, and a best friend for me my whole life. I don’t think I could’ve asked for anything more than her growing up. She has gotten me through a lot and we will get her through this.” - Chance, Nema’s second-youngest son

“My stepmother is one of the best people I know. Even though I’m not her real child she has been a mother to me my entire life and I cannot repay that for the world. I know I can go to her with anything and she will give me a perspective I hadn’t even imagined. I don’t know how I would function without her. She is by far the strongest woman I know, so I know that she'll beat this.” - Logan, Nema’s youngest son

“I’m Nema’s mom Debbie - you now see what my grandchildren think of this beautiful lady. When she was younger all she ever wanted was to be a mom and care for people through love. She became a nurse 16 years ago and has spent almost half of her life caring for special needs children and the elderly on hospice while at the same time raising 4 children into loving people like her. We have limited resources and are trying to raise $50,000 to help her with her medical treatment, travels, and loss of income during this stressful time. We are praying for God to open your hearts to help us in Nema’s fight. We all love her so much and if you knew her you’d love her too. We also ask for prayers, they are answered. God Bless each one of you.” - Debbie, Nema’s mom

Thank you so much and God Bless,

Jacob and Debbie

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Nema Brown 
Horton, KS
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