In July 2015, Skye at the age of 18, was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor, it was the size of a plum on the left side of her brain. It was pushing on her brain stem which was causing her to have constant headaches for more than a month and as it got worse, she was nauseous and vomiting everyday for a over 2 weeks. After multiple doctors appointments and misdiagnosis, Skye was then referred to have a MRI where a mass was found on her brain. Skye was immediately transported to the Emergency section in Wollongong Hospital, which is a one and a half hours drive away from her hometown. On arrival I spoke to a Neurosurgeon who said that Skye was referred to him. He had already spoken with the other neurologist's in his team to discuss surgery. After surgery, we were told Skye's tumor was benign and it was rated a grade 2 which means these tumors are less likely to grow and spread but are more likely to come back after treatment.
She had to see a physiotherapist so she could learn how to walk again and see a speech therapist to learn how to swallow and talk because the muscles in her throat were incredibly weakened.
With regular check-ups after her operation starting at 3 months going to 6 months and then lastly 12 months, her latest check-up didn't bring such good news. We're now in March 2018 and she's been told that her tumor has started to grow again and it needs to be surgically removed. Skye has been informed by her neurosurgeon that radiation will be required after surgery. Meningioma is a tumor which grows on the lining of your brain. Skye will need to have MRI's for the next 20 years because the tumor has a higher chance of recurring. He did not expect the tumor to grow back as quick as it did, in a period of under three years. the affects of having a meningioma tumor can cause disabilities and can be life threatening.
My daughter is employed as a Indigenous child care worker and she has been acting in this role for over 3 years. She loves her work and loves being around children. She has been told that her 2nd operation will be within the next 2-3 weeks. Skye will have a minimum of 6-8 weeks off work to recover which does not include the extra time that she will be having off for her radiation. My daughter will not have money to her rent and other bills as she is only part-time permanent and does not have enough leave due to the recent school holidays that she has to have off annually. Her family live one and a half hours away from the hospital so will want to be as close as possible. Were asking if you can help support her financially, every cent counts. Accomodation, fuel, parking fees it all adds up and at this tough time we need as much help and support as we can get.
Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read a little bit about my daughter and her journey so far and all donations are deeply appreciated! Xoxo
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