When my best friend Shelly first told me she had a lump in her breast, her main concern was that I not be upset because SHE found a lump in HER breast! But that is Shelly. Her reaction is a perfect example of her selflessness and care for others in her life. When she told me, I didn’t think much of it. In my mind, there was no way it was cancer. She is just 36 years old, has two beautiful daughters, ages 7 and 9, and runs marathons.
On January 20th, 2017 Shelly was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive poorly differentiated ductal carcinoma, which means the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. Her treatment plan includes five months of chemotherapy, then surgery (unknown yet if it will be a lumpectomy or mastectomy), followed by radiation. She began chemotherapy on February 10th.
I cannot tell you how much Shelly’s personality has shown during this tragic time. Her optimism, bravery, determination, and selflessness are just a few of her amazing traits. I have never seen anyone find so much positivity, even during every procedure and test that she has endured thus far. She is setting a wonderful example for her daughters and everyone else in her life.
Shelly grew up in Greensburg, PA with her parents, brother, and twin sister. She attended Duquesne University where she graduated with a master’s degree in Speech-language Pathology. She married her high school sweetheart, Rob Vaughn and relocated to northeast Ohio. There they started their family, which includes their daughters Olivia and Liana. She currently is employed at a children’s hospital in Akron, OH.
Shelly isn’t lacking emotional support. She has God watching over her, a devoted husband, two wonderful daughters, her twin sister, brother, father, her mother (who is also battling breast cancer), her Church in the Falls family, her friends, and exceptional coworkers.
This is a time when we can copy Shelly’s example. We can all be positive and show her the support she has shown us over the years.
We are asking for contributions from you in an effort to maintain a positive quality of life for Shelly, Rob and their daughters. Your generous offerings will go toward medical bills, compensation for time off work, child care and giving their family a sense of normalcy during this challenging time in all their lives.
We can’t thank Shelly enough for how she has touched so many lives with her wonderful positive spirit, but we can start by GoFundShelly.
Thank you in advance for all of your generosity,
Shelly Vaughn January 23 at 10:49pm "Holding space for another person is incredibly profound. When you hold space for someone, you bring your entire presence to them. You walk along with them without judgment , sharing their journey to an unknown destination. Yet you're completely willing to end up wherever they need to go. You give your heart, let go of control, and offer unconditional support. And when you do both of you heal, grow, and transform."