From Kim Vaillancourt’s Facebook Page – September 10, 2018
“Okay, tomorrow is another MRI to see if they can figure out if the new spot is cancer or just an after-effect of past radiation. Please pray for us that it isn’t anything dangerous. Please also pray that through all of these up and down results, we just simply follow Jesus and walk His path in His way, always bringing glory to Him.
This test is bothering many people in our family. Please pray for them. Let them lean on Jesus for comfort.
We will not get the results until Wednesday afternoon.
Thank you so much!!!”
Her strength and faith have certainly inspired many in our community. Kim Vaillancourt’s story is one of sadness – and determination. Today, the mom battling Glioblastoma, is asking for prayers as she has another MRI.
If you’re not familiar with her story, here it is.
Kim (maiden name Eisenhauer) and Phil Vaillancourt were always meant to do great things, their two biological children stole their hearts, and nothing was different nearly three years ago when they started the adoption process of three sisters. Despite the hectic life of raising five kids, everyone around them watched as their eyes filled with excitement when they found out they were expecting a baby boy in May 2016.
On December 25, 2015, just two days after they officially adopted the three girls, Kim woke up with a terrible migraine. Kim’s pain tolerance is so high she didn’t think anything of it, but none of her favorite Christmas treats were appetizing, really nothing was other than sleep. Two days later, when it only got worse, Kim asked Phil to take her to the hospital. Kim is tough, so when she asks to go to the hospital something is wrong. Hours later, they were given heart breaking news, Kim had two brain tumors, one on the frontal left lobe, and one on the stem of the brain. If she was not pregnant they would have operated immediately, because of the location on the brain stem. But because of baby Vaillancourt the doctor wanted to put her on steroids for 24 hours before removing both tumors.
Two weeks later pathology results confirmed the family’s worst nightmare. She was diagnosed with grade IV Glioblastoma, a type of incurable brain cancer, that has a median survival rate of 14 months.
Normally, doctors would start patients diagnosed with this disease on a treatment plan immediately. But Kim wasn’t just fighting for her own life she was also fighting for the growing baby inside her tummy, Wyatt Eli. Which means brave little warrior sent by God.
Because Kim’s number one priority was her unborn baby she held off any treatment until baby Wyatt was safely delivered.
Baby Wyatt was born two years ago – healthy and just perfect.
Kim undergoes routine MRIs to monitor the tumor.
You can follow here on the Stay Kim Strong Facebook Page.
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