Meet my daughter, Michelle Kimberlee Anne Steen, a vibrant, charismatic 28 year old young lady whose life has been recently devastated by the finding of a brain tumor.
Up to this point in her life, she had no symptoms that a brain tumor was developing, except headaches which everyone develops over their lives.
June 18, 2018, was just another day in her young life. She was on days off from work when her boyfriend, Trevor had called and asked her to come rescue him because his truck had broken down on the side of the highway. Of course, being the lady that she was, she left immediately to rescue him. While enroute, is when everything in her life had changed.
She was witnessed by other drivers that the vehicle that she was driving had narrowly missed hitting a motor coach, driving off the main highway into a farmer’s field.
RCMP were called and was now being investigated for Impaired Driving. RCMP had completed roadside tests, arrested her and took her to the Morinville detachment where breath samples were taken and she was locked into cells. RCMP later advised that the breath samples taken were recorded at 0% alcohol in her blood.
While in cells, she was recorded by video surveillance, falling and striking her head on the cement floor. She was unconscious when discovered and later taken to the St. Albert Hospital where they determined that she has a seizure. For some reason, unknown to us, she was later sent and admitted to the University of Alberta hospital.
After she awoke, she had no idea where she was or what had happened to her while driving to rescue her boyfriend. Hospital staff later had called her boyfriend and parents advising that Michelle was admitted to the University of Alberta hospital. A cat scan was completed and a "Mass" was found inside her head.
Michelle, her parents and her boyfriend were advised that the MASS needs to be surgically removed and was being placed on anti-seizure medication until a date could be chosen for the surgery. She remained in hospital during this time.
June 26, 2018 was the date chosen for the surgery. The MASS was removed and Michelle was now recovering from the surgery. The prognosis of the MASS was to be completed within the next 7 to 10 working days.
On June 30th, 2018, Michelle was discharged into her boyfriend’s care from the hospital. Trevor had to return to work so her parents were called to pick her up because she was not supposed to be left on her own. While in her parents care, Michelle has 2 further seizures where Ambulance services had to be called. Each ambulance bill was $385.00, for a total cost of $770.00. Her benefits took care of the first $385.00 but her work benefits had DENIED the second service.
Michelle was finally contacted by the Cross Cancer Institute and an appointment was made for July 26, 2018. While attending this appointment, we were advised that Michelle had been diagnosed with "Glioblastoma multiforme" a TERMINAL cancer of the brain where Michelle has approx. 15 months to live.
Everyone was DEVASTATED!!!
Michelle remains staying with her family because her boyfriend doesn’t know how to deal with her situation. Michelle’s parents both have had to take time off work to drive Michelle to and from her appointments at the Edmonton Cross Cancer Institute. Michelle’s parents both live in Vermilion, AB, which is approx. 201kms from the Cross Cancer Institute.
Radiation therapy will be scheduled at the Edmonton Cross Cancer Institute for a 6 week period. Chemo therapy will take place for up to 1 year after the Radiation therapy.
Michelle, while taking the Radiation therapy is unable to drive and should not be left on her own. Her parents do not know what impact that the Radiation and the Chemo therapy will have on her life so both parents are looking at staying by her side during this whole ordeal.
Things have not always been good for the Steen family. Michelle had lost her only sister due to a car accident in 1995. Nicole Eva Marie Steen was only 11 years old at the time. Her older brother, Michael was also involved in the same car accident and had suffered a brain injury as well.
As with any unpleasant situation, expenses incurred cannot be foreseen and we do not have any insurance to assist.
Please help with any assistance you can provide.
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