Help Support Stephanie Smokovich!

$22,144 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 318 people in 1 month
Created January 30, 2018
Told in Stephanie's own words... 
"The most epic weekend ever started on Friday with our family gathering together around my Nano (Grandpa) as he was labeled fragile and lay in a hospital bed in the corner of his bedroom as we gave him medication to keep him comfortable. Nicky, my aunt and I decided that we would not leave and wanted to be by his side and also bring comfort to my Nana, so we stayed the night. Nicky and I laid together in bed and Nana slept in the spare bedroom in hopes for her to get some rest. Nicky and I laid and talked for a while when finally she turned over to sleep. I said, “I’m going to spoon you” and rolled next to her. The next thing I knew I was entering the hospital on a stretcher, blood all over me. I had a seizure, violently shaking, something I have not had before. After a couple of scans, the typical CT and MRI, a mass was revealed. A mass that was confirmed as a brain tumor, large, the size of a baseball. It’s sitting just behind my left eye and could have been growing there my whole life; we truly do not know because we only have these images of my brain and no others. Surgery is required as the Dr wants and needs to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Right now that is scheduled for Wednesday. The Dr. isn’t sure he will get it all, but he says that’s ok...we need to make room in there and carve it out before my vision starts being affected. We don’t know how intertwined it is until they open up my head. So, there you have it, I have a brain tumor. I’m trying to stay positive because honestly besides the seizure I feel completely normal. Steve has been by my side, and my family is all a mess, especially my mom. Please pray for everyone including the surgeons and the medical team, for my family and me. Also, this morning my Nano has officially passed peacefully in his home. I know he just couldn’t bear this news of mine, it was hard enough to tell Nana. The risks of surgery include slurred speech and right extremity paralysis. Until Wednesday I’m the Stephanie you’ve always known."
27364534_15173239420_r.jpeg27364534_15173239980_r.jpegWe would like to ask for donations to help out the Smokovich Family during this difficult time. Stephanie will have a long recovery ahead of her, and if we can help with everything from groceries to assisting with bills that's what we want to do! Easing their stress financially is a small part of the healing process but a part that we can all help with right now.   

Thank you for helping our friend, who's a wife, momma, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, a faith-filled woman, and a dear friend to many.

Thank you!
Nikki Sivils, Jill Yegerlehner & Kristen Young
(Stephanie's scrappy friends.)

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Stephanie is doing great! She's home and healing with her family. As you can see from the photos, she's come a long way in just a few weeks, but she still has a long road ahead of her as the tumor was cancerous. Stephanie is so thankful for all that have contributed to her GoFundMe page. We are still taking donations, and even $5 will help in taking care of Stephanie and her family while she recovers and heals.
Thank you for all the love and prayers you've poured on this beautiful family!!
3 weeks ago this was Stephanie in ICU
And here she is just a few days ago!
Left pic b/f surgery. Right pic is now.
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Stephanie update from best friend Morgan Bandkowski:

What a day!! After a setback a couple of days after surgery and a hard weekend, Stephanie is making progress and showing signs of recovery! Today was all about removing lots of tubes and lines from her which is great. She also has been able to have her bed raised just a little which seemed to make her much happier than lying flat! She is still pretty tired, communication is minimal, but the Stephanie we all love is starting to show through again. We’ve shared many messages from all of you and it's makes tears stream down her face :) Thank you for all cards that have started to arrive at Bella, I can't wait till she is well enough to open them all. It will make her so happy :)
We know a lot of people have contributed to Go Fund Me for Stephanie and her family, we are eternally grateful!!! ❤️❤️

Love to all of you from: Stephanie, Steve, Hunter, Ruby and our entire family.
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Thanks to all of you the goal I set of $6,000 was hit in less than 24 hours, so I upped the goal to $10,000, and that was hit a little over 24 hours!! I'm going to up the goal to $15,000 and let's see if we can hit that for Stephanie and her family!!

UPDATE FROM LAST NIGHT: "Hello all, this is Jenna posting for Stephanie. She is recovering in ICU right now. Very sleepy but stable. She is able to talk and move her right side. I work at the hospital she is at and was busy making her room pretty when she arrived. She squeezed my hand with her right hand with a kung-fu grip which made me happy cry, and then she wouldn’t let go. Steve is here now, and she is hoping to rest for the night. Her nurse, Kaity, says they will have to wake her up every hour to do neuro checks, and she will have another MRI later tonight. She is answering questions and responding appropriately, even took a sip of water and swallowed her medication! This makes the speech pathologist in me very happy. So thankful for the strong, brave and amazing girl she is."
Out of Surgery.
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WOW, WOW, WOW!! Over $7,000 has been raised for my friend Stephanie and her family in the last 24 hours. I cried when I saw that amount in Go Fund Me this morning. Stephanie is in surgery today getting some of the tumor removed, and she is so thankful to all who have donated and praying for her as she knows she has a long road to recovery ahead of her.
From Stephanie: "This morning Dr. Nathan Zwagerman will cut along the crown of my hairline around 8 cm, he will pull forward my forehead and pull back the back of my head and then drill a pinky size hole into my skull once that its made he will put a small hook in and lift my skull out and my brain will be exposed. He leads me to believe he will not remove the entire tumor (the MRI scans have shown that the areas of my brain that affect my speech communication as well as right side motor skills would be compromised ) we will know more over the next several months. They will send the tumor to pathology to learn all the info we can about the tumor. That is our main focus right now, get what we can out now, to learn more about this tumor. We pray for my motion tomorrow as I come out, as even the tiniest motion will show great promise. I will be very weak because my tumor is so big and has been a part of my body for so long. Tomorrow I will be asleep, but my mom and Steven will be awake please keep them in your prayers. Thank you for all the prayers. God is bigger than all of this; I pray for a steady hand for my doctor. Steve and I just finished up a devotional about Jacob, I know it took Jacob many years trails, but God is always bigger! Thank you for your prayers and comfort at this time, I can’t thank you enough. I love you."
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