Fight of my life: Jenni's Story
Team Member: Linda Pinegar-Bordosky
Jenni Pinegar wrote -
Hi. My name is Jennifer Pinegar and I am a 22 year old living in Austin Texas. By day I am a behavioral therapist working with children with Autism and related disorders and by night I am a nursing student with a dream of working in pediatrics. Children are my heart. I have always lived my life to the fullest and to its upmost potential. However I have recently been diagnosed with 2 brain malformations and thyroid cancer that have changed things for me. On December 29th I was diagnosed with Chiari (kee-ar-ee) Malformation Type I (CM) and Pseudotumor Cerebrai. Chiari is where part of the brain descends out of the skull into the spinal area causing pressure and blocking flow of spinal fluid. Pseudtomur Cerebrai is basically someone showing symptoms and signs of having a brain tumor without actually having one. It is rare and unexplained. These malformations left me with symptoms such as extreme headaches, visual blackouts, weakness in my left hand, confusion, and slurred speech which where concluded severe enough to make me a canidate for brain surgery that I had in January. Then, on March 17th I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer which will involve yet another surgery i will have this month. This has forced me to temporarily leave my part time job, school, and financially worrying about upkeeping my apartment and daily living expenses. Unfortunately, there is no cure for any of these other than surgical intervention. Theonly way to provide relief is operating. They are invasive, risky procedures, that have a long recovery time but I WILL do what needs to be done to fight for my life. I know God will walk with me through this and I have a great support system of family and friends to accompany me on this journey. My family and I are asking for financial donations to get me through this and on my way to healing! Even if it is something small it is greatly appreciated and will go a long way. So we ask that you give if you feel lead. Any funds that go over what we are asking will be donated to the conquer chiari foundation. Thank you and be BLESSED!
"She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future".-Proverbs 31:25