2020 was a challenging year for everybody, but no-one more so than my beautiful sister Nikki. As we all made our preparations for a socially distant Christmas Nikki , her husband Joc, and their two small boys Hayden and Tiernan received bthe devastating news that Nikki had a malignant Brain tumour that needed to be operated on immediately, just 2 days before her 38th birthday.
She had suffered debilitating symptoms for weeks previously, and Joc could only watch on ad his beautiful wife deteriorated, whilst recieving one misdiagnosis after the next, with symptoms like severe headaches, vision impairment, overwhelming fatigue, seizures, and an inability to focus her thoughts, all caused by the swelling on her brain, continued to assault her until she finally received the diagnosis everyone most dreads.
Nikki faced the operation with bravery and determination you wouldn't believe, but which is second nature to her: however they were not able to remove it all due to the close proximity of blood vessels.
As a result, Nikki now enters 2021 facing 7 months of radium and chemotherapy.
Anyone who knows Nikki cannot help but know she is dedicated to her little family, however due to her treatment and symptoms she will not be able to care for her family alone while she battles this terrible disease, and the knock on effects of this will mean her husband Joc cannot work full time and will need to be available to support his wife and sons at home..
I have started this fundraiser to help cover her costs of treatment and so we can all help to support her family during this illness.
Nikki is like many of us, just a young Mum, wife, sister, aunt and daughter, living with her wonderful in-laws while struggling to find her forever home in a housing crisis she thought was the biggest battle she was facing. Between school runs and chasing after a 3 year old she never saw this coming but is determined to beat Cancer for her family, and any help you can give her will mean so much to her and everyone who loves her.
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