Today, on this early September morning, we need your help.
Meet Jen Roper.
Mother of FIVE…four boys and one princess!
and as of this afternoon…
Jen will be a brain tumor survivor.
|photo courtesy of Maggie Holmes Design|
Here is an excerpt from her blog The Roper's from August 13th and a little background that brought her to surgery today -
"A tumor on my brain?
I immediately began to cry. The lady doing my EEG began to cry. Matt and the Neurologist barely held it together. The questions began to flow....
What do you mean a tumor?
Do you mean cancer?
"We believe the tumor to be malignant."
THIS could not be happening to me. I am 33 years old. I have 5 babies. I run. I exercise. I eat right. I lost my mom when I was 16. I do not deserve anymore big trials, my worst fear is to leave my babies behind.
MY WORST FEAR IS TO LEAVE MY BABIES BEHIND.
In comes the neurosurgeon.
"The tumor is malignant, it is on your motor strip which means it is on the portion of your brain that controls the movement of your face, arms and legs. It is on the right side of your brain. If we are to surgically remove this tumor, there is a good chance you will lose function of the entire left side of your body and this could be permanent."
"THIS COULD BE PERMANENT."
That was all I could handle. I lost it. I screamed. I cried. I sobbed. I held on to Matt for dear life. This was the worst news ever. My life would never be the same.
I called Jess. I cried. She cried. Hard. We sobbed, we screamed. I did the same thing again with Julie and again with my dad and again with Matt.
Why is this happening to me? I cannot leave my babies. My babies have to have a mom. They HAVE to have a mom.
Matt and I decided almost immediately that I would have to get the tumor removed regardless of the risk involved. A mom is still a mom even if she is in a wheelchair.
I'm strong. I'm a fighter. I do not do anything half way. If there is a chance I could walk again, I will do it.
I WILL DO IT."
Today, Jen is going into surgery at 7:30 am to have the tumor removed.
Here is where we need your help.
We know the power of our amazing Annie & Isabel army.
We are asking you to surround Jen with LOVE today. We want Jen to wake up to hundreds of comments on our Facebook page. We asked Jen's permission to share her incredible journey and she said the more healing thoughts and prayers sent her way, the better!
Last time we asked you for this, we had thousands of likes on FB, shares, stories, and messages for 16 year old Carly when she woke up from open heart surgery. It was so special for Carly to wake up to so many encouraging messages. She felt so loved and we thank you for making that happen.
So, let's do this like we know how! LIKE this post on our Facebook page and leave some words of encouragement to show Jen, her husband, and their beautiful children that there are many people thinking and praying for her today.
Thank you to Jen's friends Drew and Stephanie, who bought her our Susan gown. This is Jen Pre-Op in her Susan gown this morning and she looks pretty stylish!! You can tell she has a great spirit with that beautiful smile!!
Hugs to you Jen. Thinking good thoughts for you today!!