UXBRIDGE: Local resident and business owner Laura Fockler’s life was changed forever in early July, when she was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer.
Laura knew something was wrong after a weekend trip to Nashville. She started to experience severe headaches that persisted for a few weeks and increased in severity. At the time she was receiving the headaches, she was also planning her wedding. She had a CT scan done on Monday, June 20, and doctors found a large mass in her brain.
“That night, I was admitted to St. Michaels for a neuro consult and taken in for a craniotomy early the next morning. So there wasn’t really time to process the implications. All I cared about was getting rid of the headaches,” Ms. Fockler said. “At that point cancer hadn’t even crossed my mind. After surgery, I was told by my surgeon that he suspected it was an aggressive cancer, but it wasn’t until three weeks later that this was confirmed.”
On Wednesday, July 6, she was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive and growing tumour made up of multiple cell types. The tumour is impossible for doctors to fully remove. However, Ms. Fockler said they hope to shrink it, and “prevent it from coming back too rapidly.”
She also said her doctors were “shocked that (she) was alert, and showed no cognitive deficits.”
Because of the diagnosis, Ms. Fockler and her fiancé have moved up their wedding date to the end of this month.
Ms. Fockler, being a self employed owner of Uxbridge’s Spa de Vie, at 2 Campbell Dr., decided to turn to the on-line site gofundme.com, to help pay for the treatments that will help prolong her life. The campaign quickly received a lot of support, raising over $30,000 in the first couple weeks.
“When I initially set up the campaign, I had an idea that, based on the community around me, I would have support. But I had no idea how quick and extensive the response would be,” Ms. Fockler said.
As of press time, the on-line campaign has raised $32,422. Ms. Fockler wanted to thank everyone who has made a donation so far.
“I cannot thank you enough. Life is really hard right now, but it helps to know how many people are supporting me, caring for me and praying for me,” she said. “ It has given me a lot of peace of mind that whatever form of treatments I will be needing, I will have access to.”
To make a donation to Ms. Fockler, go on-line to www.gofundme.com/lovinglaurafockler.