WE stand for ZOE
Zoe Owens is a 14-year-old girl who has been going through an on-going, difficult struggle for two years. When she was in middle school, she started to suffer with severe and unbearable health problems, like migraines, vomitting, and abdominal pain. We had many visits to the doctor and no one knew what was wrong. She went through many surgeries and trips to the hospital, with no one having any knowledge on why my Zoe was not doing well.
This past Easter night on April 16th, Zoe stopped eating, and had no balance or coordination when awake. The next day (April 17th), Zoe had a seizure ,for about 1 minute, in our house. It is so scary seeing more than 10 people in my house trying to help Zoe. Paramedics and firefighters were there to help support Zoe in our house that day. Zoe was taken to the hospital, and the doctors positivitly believed that she had a condition of a very severe migraine, which was causing the persistent nausea and headaches.
Adam and Joy Owens, our parents, are nurses and knew that it was something way more than just migraines. On April 18th, 2017, at 3:00am, Zoe told my parents that she loved us all. Startled, Zoe asked, "Mommy? Daddy? Does this mean I am going to die?" My parents said, "No honey. You will be alright. God is with you". Zoe responded by telling my parents that she was ready to see her Grandma and Grandpa in Heaven. By God's grace, Zoe appeared at peace, when she was potentially facing her own passing away. Right after that moment, Zoe went into another seizure that lasted for 10 minutes. Although Zoe was at peace, God granted the doctors and nurses aiding Zoe with wisdom, telling Zoe that it was not her time to go to Heaven just yet.
Zoe knew that something was going to happen and could sense it. She wanted to tell everyone that she loved them so much. When Adam pressed the Emergency Button everyone in the hospital came and helped Zoe. For 10 minutes Zoe was not responding and was not acting like herself. 30 different nurses and doctors came in to support Zoe and help calm her down. She stopped breathing for a very short time.
After Zoe stopped having the seizure, my parents fought for Zoe to get an MRI. The doctors finally decided to see if there was anything in her brain. They found a brain tumor the size of a golf ball at the base of Zoe's brain stem, surrounded by fluids that were compressing her brain.
The doctors said that they need to treat the tumor as soon as possible. Zoe soon had another surgery right after the MRI to get some fluid out of her head which would stop the headaches. The next day Zoe had the brain tumor surgery. The surgery was supposed to be 4 hours ,but it took 8 hours to take 95% of the tumor out. Thankfully, the tumor was not cancerous and was only the first stage of a brain tumor.
This past week has been the scariest week of my life for my family and I. As a sister, I see Zoe and talk to her everyday. Coming from being so close to my sister to not being able to speak with her at all breaks my heart. My family and I have been praying for a quick recovery and peace, and God has slowly given us this desired peace throughout the past week.
After the brain tumor surgery, Zoe kept resting. She still hasn't woken up from surgery since this day (April 29th). She just had another surgery (April 28th) to have a shunt running from her head into her stomach, rather than from her head to the outside of her head. This shunt will help control the excess fluids around Zoe's brain.
She is super strong. I want you to know that God had this plan. He had everything come up for a reason. He had the time and the placing spot on. Even through this crazy trial of faith, God has not forsaken my family. We are so thankful for the consistent prayer and support we have recieved, and we would sincerely appreaciate your help, too.
ZOE is a MIRACLE. I need this fund for Zoe because she is going to need so many new changes for her health plan to help her recover, all of which are not cheap. She will have a series of tests in the future, such as MRI testing every 3 months. She will have to have rehab for months or even years. On top of MRI and rehab/therapy costs, we need this fund for medical supplies and medicines as well. She may not walk for weeks or months. She may have to be in a wheelchair up to months on end. Only God knows, and we put full trust in Him.
This fund is all for Zoe. She is my bestfriend, and I want the ultimate best for her. I feel so helpless not being by her side everyday. This fund would help my family so much. If you would donate money or just pray for us, we are already so thankful for that.
God is so amazing. We are so grateful that Zoe is alive and here right now. Luckily, she is recovering, and she is slowly responding by wiggling her toes or squeezing the surgeon's fingers.
Please just pray for Zoe and my family. We love and apreciate you all so much. Thank you for reading Zoe's story. I can not wait for her to wake up and see all the support from all of you guys :)
One amazing thing about my little Zoe, is that she wants to be a pediatric oncologist when she grows up. Isn't that amazing how Zoe wants the be the doctor who treats kids with what she just went through? God works in wonderful ways am I right?
This is all for my baby zozo. I am so proud of her. She is stronger than I will ever be. She can do anything with Christ who strengthens her.
Thank you again,
It has been a while since I did an update on my amazing sis, so here it goes! ZOE IS EXCELLING! She is now a sophomore in high school and is working her tail off! She is gaining more and more independence slowly! She is in chemistry, history, literature, and geometry while being the ASB Sophomore Secretary and being a Spanish speaker in Spanish 2. She is working really hard to get her balance. She has tons of hours of therapy within and out of school every single week. She has her standing balance pretty down but when it comes to walking she can do a couple of steps, but then slowly begins to fall. My parents are working so hard for my family. I could not have asked for a better mom and dad. The way they love and support Zoe in every way, while making time for me is unbelievable. They both are working still as nurses and are still helping Zoe with her physical and mental well-being. ZOE is back and better than ever. She has so much strength it is actually scary. She can be very dangerous if you get on her bad side… LOL. I always try to grind her gears a bit, or make her a bit flustered, so I can rough house with her because I love seeing her be active and physical again. It was so hard seeing her not move anything but her toe for 6 months, and now seeing her punch and kick and pinch, makes it all worth it. She definitely scares me though, because she could knock me out in a heartbeat! Thank you for your prayers. Please keep praying for her to gain her balance and independence. It hasn’t been easy. It is hard seeing my sister try to make new friends and lose her old friends. That is part of high school though. People are going to come and go, but a few will always stick with you. She is so strong and I truly do not understand how she does it. Now we are on winter break and I am excited to relax and have some rest with my family! This year has definitely not been easy! It has been overwhelming and challenging but worth every single second of my life! Thank you again for all you have done for me and my family. If you donated a year ago, to just praying for my family, I thank GOD for YOU! I pray you have a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter and family. As well as an exciting New Year! 2019 is going to be amazing and I can not wait to start a new chapter of my life soon next year! Lastly, YOU matter. Do not forget that. Even if I may not know you on a personal level, or do not see you on a regular basis, please remember that I am praying for you. We all are going through something. And I want you to know that if you ever need anything from just a hug or words of encouragement, I am here for you.
HERE ARE SOME PICTURES OF THE PAST FEW MONTHS!! Homecoming was a success because Zoe was able to come with my group of BFFS! Here is a picture of Zoe’s Christmas party! And lastly a pic of just my beautiful family that I LOVE DEARLY!
I love you all and I appreciate your prayers! GOD IS WONDERFUL!
Love, Gabie :)
I know it has been a while, but I wanted to give you an update on how Zo and the family have been. GOD. IS. GREAT. Wow, I do not know where to start. Zoe and I just finished our freshman and junior year of high school and it has been one crazy roller coaster ride. As a matter of fact, ZOE did better than me in school! She received all A's!! She is one smarty pants. While I, on the other hand, was not even close to all A's! She is working so hard. Having hours of therapy at home, school, or in the hospital, she has been working nonstop to get to where she was before! She is writing, talking nonstop (SUPER SASSY TO ME), and is walking with assistance still. All she needs is her balance so she can walk without a walker! Please keep praying for her and her recovery.
It has been a long road, but God has been with us from the beginning and is really showing us how blessed we truly are. Even through the hardest struggles and challenges, I still feel so thankful for all I have. I have a home. I have an education. I have food that is always available. I have family and friends. I have Jesus. And most of all I have Zoe. It is weird to say it, but I am blessed that my family went through this battle and is still going through it. Because I have grown as a leader, friend, Christian, sister, and individual. My relationship with Jesus has skyrocketed and he has been teaching me to be patient, love others unconditionally, and never take things for granted.
LIVE IN THE MOMENT. Life is crazy. But it goes on. So live each day like it is your last day on earth. You never know what is going to happen in your life. Say thank you to others. Say I love you to your loved ones. SMILE MORE. I promise you, the more you do this, you will have a better outlook on things. When challenges and obstacles hit you, by having that positive attitude and trust in Jesus, you will learn that God has you covered and he is not leaving you... EVER! I am so blessed to have this platform to talk to you guys about my life and my family. I want you to know you are not alone and you are beautiful inside and out, just the way you are. Do not change because of the world, but stay strong to your morals and shine BRIGHT!
Another thing I have learned this past year while being in school and going through hard trials is just knowing God has a plan. At the moment we can feel stressed, scared, unloved, or not good enough. But YOU ARE. We all are going through something that is hard. A final test. A relationship. A sport-related injury. You will get through it. May not look like you will in the moment, but you will do it. You all have a huge life ahead. I can not wait to see what God has in store because he truly does want you to succeed in life. My family and I pray for each and every one of you.
Thank you for your prayers. Zoe is a testimony to us all and without your prayers and God, we would not be where we are today. Here are some pictures and videos of Zoe improving!
This video is Zoe waving a flag at Districts for Track!
This video is Zoe doing some occupational and physical therapy at Seattle Children's Hospital!
Love you all!!
I have three videos that I just posted on Youtube and I really want you to watch each one. Zoe is so so so inspiring. She is being herself. She is not worrying about what others think about her. She is the definition of perseverance. It has been about one year since everything has changed, and this year has been one of the hardest, scariest, saddest, years of my family's life. However, we have grown with our relationship with God, our family, and have been more positive, loving, and excited towards people and about life.
From everything that has happened, I have been learning every day, that these little things that we worry about are nothing. Worrying is one of the things I do a lot. And it is hard to just TRUST IN GOD sometimes. I have probably said this before, but YOU are going to get through it. Whether it is a job application, a family situation, a track meet, to a small little AP Lang test... you will get through it. It is easy to think about what people think about you. It is easy to compare yourself to others. "Did I get a higher SAT score than this person?" or "Did I get a better time in my 100m race than that person?". I do this. I compare myself and think of how I am not smart enough, fast enough, or good enough for others. But, YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH. Be yourself. I have learned that if people judge you for what college you go to, or what grade you get in one of your classes, 1- they are not worth it, and 2- God is proud of you no matter what. We all have our strengths and weakneessnes!! And whatever it is, God is proud of you being YOU!
Here are the three videos that you should watch!!
1. Zoe did a fishing speech in public speaking and it is amazing! If you need any tips you definitely should ask her:
2. This is a video of her walking in her new walker around at the mall. She is so close to walking on her own with no walker!!
3. My favorite video of the three is the arm wrestling one. I gave it all I got and Zoe won fair and square. She also gave a bit of sass in the end!!
Also here are a few pics too!! Ain’t she just beautiful?!
Hey Team Zoe! You are so right Gabie; it has been miraculous to see the transformation that has and is continuing to unfold before our eyes... You guys represent commitment, authenticity, and sacrifice - these are attributes of God's character. Keep representing God with your lives - it is so refreshing... We love you guys and know that you will have a Merry CHRISTmas! 2019 is gonna be "off the hook"! ;) Transformed by the child in the manger, Jarrett and Evelyn
I love the video, obviously!!! Zoe is a baller, and I'm so happy to see a basketball in her hands :) . Zoe is really incredible, and I know that she is feeding off of your family's love and support, as you guys fervently seek the Lord throughout this season. Thank you for sharing these updates. We'll be praying for Zoe and your whole family. Looking forward to seeing you on the track!
God bless u my dear Zoe... Prayer warriors are praying for complete healing... Non stop... Heartstrong mwah
That is amazing! Thank you for staying positive. Her words made my day! Much love to the Owen Family!
Zoe! You are amazing and your family is amazing! What a wonderful update!!! You are doing all the work! Keep it up knowing we are all surrounding you with love and support! Wong family