Strength for Sheila

$33,130 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 305 people in 28 months
Maggie Hayes
on behalf of Sheila and David Coughlin
 Newport, RI
A week before Christmas, my sister Sheila was diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer, glioblastoma, with no option for surgery. The tumor was deep and intertwined within her brain. The doctors told us she had a few months to live, longer with radiation.

Death is not a stranger for us. Our father owned a funeral home and we – four girls and five boys - lived on the second and third floors. . While death took over the first floor, we nine kids were teeming with life on the floors above. But now death has become personal.

Shortly after Sheila received her news, her oldest daughter Michaela gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Sheila has three daughters and now three grandchildren, and while she celebrated the joy of little Brynne’s birth, I know how profoundly sad she was that she would not live to see this precious girl grow up.

This is not Sheila’s first battle with cancer. 28 years ago, she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her right shoulder. My beautiful, active sister, then with two young children, fought back and underwent a massive operation to remove the cancer. Left with a large scar down her back and the inability to fully use her right arm, Sheila continued to live each day in her vibrant and upbeat manner. With the strength only a cancer survivor could know, she gave birth to her third daughter less than a year after surgery, continued going to the beach without worrying how her newly scarred shoulder would look, went to exercise classes that most people with her disability wouldn’t have attempted and continued living each day to the fullest. Sheila also went on to make a difference in so many children’s lives as a Special Education Paraprofessional at Highlands Elementary School in Danvers. She has always been able to find ways to connect with those that need help and kindness the most.

This time though, the cancer is different. One of the deadliest cancers, glioblastoma is a stage 4 aggressive brain tumor that shows no mercy. Sheila is undergoing the standard treatment of care under the guidance of her incredible doctors at Mass General in Boston. This includes daily radiation appointments and bi-weekly infusions of the drug Avastin to alleviate symptoms and slow the tumor’s growth. We want to continue to give her the best care possible so she can stand strong against such a formidable opponent.

I am writing to ask for help because Sheila and her family are facing mounting medical expenses. Her husband has had to take a leave of absence from work to care for her. She now needs 24/7 supervision, visiting nurses, OT and PT, and this list will only grow with additional needs for her care as the cancer progresses. Daily trips to Boston for doctors’ appointments and unexpected hospital visits are now the new norm.

I think I can speak for everyone who knows Sheila when I say her outgoing and spunky personality could light up the darkest room. Any help at all, so we can try to keep this light shining bright for as long as possible, would by greatly appreciated by all of us.

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Sheila, Maggie, Michaela and little Brynne went to Ogunquit for the weekend ... probably to celebrate life and no more radiation !!!!

Maggie said she is doing GREAT !! Yes!

Thank you, thank you, to all of you who have donated to help Sheila. She and our family are astounded by your generosity and the love you have shown her. We are blessed.
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Maggie was with Sheila this weekend! She texted us the following:
Mom is doing great and is resting happily at home. Her hair is falling out from radiation a little bit but I took her to get her hair done and she looks beautiful. She's her happy, upbeat self still. She's so grateful to everyone that reached out with kind words and/or donated. She was deeply touched by this outpouring of support from friends, family, former co-workers and even former students.

And this Monday is Sheila's last day of radiation !!!
Brothers % Sisters gathering Autust 2013
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Maggie is with Sheila this weekend and she sent me this note:
Mom is doing great and is resting happily at home. Her hair is falling out from radiation a little bit but I took her to get her hair done and she looks beautiful. She's her happy, upbeat self still. She's so grateful to everyone that reached out with kind words and/or donated. She was deeply touched by this outpouring of support from friends, family, former co-workers and even former students.
Brothers and Sisters together August 201
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Dawn-Marie Wetherbee
28 months ago
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I may have 2 comments on here somewhere as one disappeared while I was typing. This is relevant because, Sheila, you know how tech savvy I am!!! (NOT) Sheila, I hope you know how much I adore you. I want to make sure you know that the memories we made together at Highlands make me smile each and every time! Think of how much we laughed in our classroom! Our kids had no doubt that we loved being with them every day. We had some special times. I love you to the moon and back, my friend. You are in my heart and prayers always. Love you! ❤️

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Maggie Coughlin
28 months ago
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I am deeply touched by each and every donation and all of the kind words about my mom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My mom deserves the best care possible and you are all helping to provide that. This means so much to me. Love to everyone that visits my mom's page and thank you Margaret Hayes for setting this up. ♥ Maggie Coughlin

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Gerald Hallinan
28 months ago
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Our donation was from Bonnie, Jerry and Lindsay Hallinan

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Kathy Lehane Ursic
27 months ago

Sheila my wonderful dear friend.. your strength and positive outlook during this devastating time is an example for all to try to emulate. Hugs and prayers for you everyday!!! I love you Kathy ❤️

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David Coughlin
27 months ago

Sheila and I are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated! Your kindness and generosity has touched our hearts. Your support has made this difficult journey much easier. Thank you so very much!!!! David and Sheila

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$33,130 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 305 people in 28 months
Created January 25, 2017
Maggie Hayes
on behalf of Sheila and David Coughlin
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Nancy Dodds Rydell
19 months ago

I am blown away by Sheila's wonderful family! I knew Sheila many years ago at FSCollege-Florida - and we had sooo much fun and I knew then how much she loved her family and she hadn't even met her wonderful husband, David! We have kept in touch over all these past 40+ years but unfortunately to Sheila on the East Coast and Me on the West Coast we never got together...We had so much in common...I also am married to a David and have 3 daughters...and more...I am sad today as I just recently learned the news that Sheila lost this horrible battle with the tumor. All my deepest sympathies to David and the girls and the world is truly missing a wonderful person.

HC
$100
Helen Corbett
21 months ago

David, Thinking of you and Sheila tonight. Your posted words on FB of strength and love were a comfort to me these past months. Now I send them back to you. Breathe, good man....love lives on and on and on.

ND
$100
Nel Dolan
23 months ago
AC
$300
Anthony Coughlan
24 months ago
ED
$50
Emily Dorrance
25 months ago

My thoughts of peace and strength are with you. David you are no stranger to hardship and I have no doubts you are maintaining your gentle grounded calmness. Thinking of you and your family.

TM
$100
Terry & Mike Morris
26 months ago
1
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Dear Sheila and Dave, please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. If there are other things we can do to help, please don't hesitate to contact us.

JH
$25
Jimmy & Keri Hinchion
26 months ago
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CL
$200
Carol +Tom Loring
26 months ago
1
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GB
$100
Gerald Botelho
26 months ago
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Love to you and your family. Jerry and Torie

SH
$30
Sydney Hirschman
26 months ago
1
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Have the best time in New Orleans w. your family <3

Dawn-Marie Wetherbee
28 months ago
2
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I may have 2 comments on here somewhere as one disappeared while I was typing. This is relevant because, Sheila, you know how tech savvy I am!!! (NOT) Sheila, I hope you know how much I adore you. I want to make sure you know that the memories we made together at Highlands make me smile each and every time! Think of how much we laughed in our classroom! Our kids had no doubt that we loved being with them every day. We had some special times. I love you to the moon and back, my friend. You are in my heart and prayers always. Love you! ❤️

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Maggie Coughlin
28 months ago
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I am deeply touched by each and every donation and all of the kind words about my mom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My mom deserves the best care possible and you are all helping to provide that. This means so much to me. Love to everyone that visits my mom's page and thank you Margaret Hayes for setting this up. ♥ Maggie Coughlin

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Gerald Hallinan
28 months ago
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Our donation was from Bonnie, Jerry and Lindsay Hallinan

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Kathy Lehane Ursic
27 months ago

Sheila my wonderful dear friend.. your strength and positive outlook during this devastating time is an example for all to try to emulate. Hugs and prayers for you everyday!!! I love you Kathy ❤️

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David Coughlin
27 months ago

Sheila and I are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated! Your kindness and generosity has touched our hearts. Your support has made this difficult journey much easier. Thank you so very much!!!! David and Sheila

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