Prayers for my Sister

For: Nicki Goodwin
Philadelphia, PA
Organizer: Patti Shetz
Prayers for my Sister (Nicki Goodwin)
$38,585
of $60,000 goal.
Raised by 398 donors
64% Complete

The Story

Nicki, is my 35 year old little sister, stylist, therapist, personal comedian and best friend...not to mention wife and mother of the most beautiful 18 month old little boy you ever laid eyes on.  Two weeks ago we discovered her newest title will be "Cancer Fighter".  She was diagnosed with stage 4 Spindle Cell Carcinoma which is a rare form of soft tissue cancer.  Unfortunalty, rare means little is known about this cancer and more importantly how to treat it.  She is about to begin a long journey with the final destination being recovery.  She will be unable to work during her year long treatment so I'm on a mission to make her ride as comfortable as possible.  Please keep Nicki in your prayers.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 1, 2015

Posted on October 1, 2015

First and foremost, I need to start by saying "thank you." Thank you for the contributions, thank you for the prayers, thank you for the meditations, thank you for the positive energy, for the healing light, your words of support, for your listening ears and for your love. Our family is overcome with gratitude and quite frankly speechless, wait a second... Ahhh, well played.
At the peril of sounding horribly cliché (re-reading that made me realize there's nothing more cliché than that sentence), edit: at the risk of sounding like one of Jamie's Pinterest boards, just because we can see the light at the end of the tunnel only means... we're still in the damn tunnel! Seriously, we get it. Life is hard and I'm pretty sure there's not one more lesson we need to learn. I keep waiting for Meredith Baxter Bernie to hand me lines for a lifetime movie sobfest. Don't worry, I won't make you wait until the end to find out Nicki's latest scans came back clear. Yay! This gave us the thumbs up to move forward with the reconstruction of the reconstruction. Most of you know, our time in Chicago ended in yet another less than successful attempt to fill in the missing pieces. As a sidenote, I would like to state that we have nothing but love and admiration for the talented team in Chicago. It is only through their guidance that we find ourselves in the care of Dr Fredrick Menick and his amazing staff. There's no question he's the only man that can give me my sister back. And there's just something about this guy that you can't help but love. For example, coming out of a 12 hour surgery wearing an awesome country western belt buckle and cowboy boots, how can you not love that. Most importantly he puts my sister at ease and that's worth finding a scorpion in my sneaker...guys listen that was really traumatizing and I haven't slept in days. Do not ever come here if you don't have to, man.
On September 24, Nick made it through another microvascular surgery. I'm not exaggerating when I say that every inch of Nick's body has been repurposed at this point. Her right forearm is now covering where her nose used to be. Her left forearm is where her lip used to be. The skin from her cheeks was stretched for skintone matching and now her forhead is being expanded for the outer lining of her nose. I'm sure none of that made sense. I'm looking at it and I'm still trying to figure it out. Thank you all for being patient with us and I know so many of you would love to see Nicki. The truth is she's been in hiding for close to two years now and we are all hoping and praying that very soon she will feel comfortable enough to reintroduce herself. In the meantime, I'm asking all of you to please be mindful when you see someone that looks different, please do not stare at the same time, please do not look away. And when you find yourself being judgmental please take a minute to think of my sister and feel free to be inspired. On behalf of my sister, Nicki and our family, we thank you for your undying support and love.Nick will undergo multiple surgeries over the next several months, which requires an extended stay in Arizona. Your kind generosity has helped Nicki in ways you cannot imagine. We're hoping to raise more money to help facilitate what will hopefully, bring Nick closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. With love, Patti

Posted on February 28, 2015

Posted on February 28, 2015

The month of March will mark 2 years since my life changed forever. I'm proud to say I remain "C" free. I survived stage IV cancer! I remind myself of that almost everyday as I continue down this painstakingly slow path of reconstructive surgeries. As I do my best to move forward, I'm still adjusting to my new normal, which consists of wearing a surgical mask 24/7. It took me over a year just to look at my face in the mirror again. Thank God, my 3 year-old son Bryce, is completely oblivious to his mommy's appearance. He is the happiest carefree kid I've ever met!
I'm currently recovering from yet another surgery to help improve my skin's elasticity. I'm hoping and praying I'll be done with this process in about a year. In the meantime, I'm trying my best to count my blessings, learning how to live in the moment, and realizing that stupid selfies aren't everything!
thank you all so much for the continued prayers.
xo
Nicki


Posted on December 3, 2014

Posted on December 3, 2014

Posted by Jamie Shetz

Since March 25, 2013 life has changed. Although one thing that has remained the same is Nicki's strength, determination, and feistiness. But, she won't want to hear any of that because she will undoubtedly say,"I have no other choice." Despite all of the surgeries and pain associated with them, she is the most dedicated Mom I have ever known. Being her twin sister, I am in awe of the way she has dealt with all of this. I use to look at her as my equal but not anymore. She is a force of nature and someone to be reckoned with. I suppose you never know what someone is capable of or even who they really are until push comes to shove. 
Since the last update, we have decided to change doctors and Nicki will be under the care of a reconstructive surgeon in Tucson, Arizona. Although, the doctors did express that she is a challenging case we feel very secure and optimistic with her team of surgeons. On September 19th, a 12 hour surgery was completed in order to build a foundation for the reconstruction. The next surgery will be a 10 hour surgery on December 9th. Again, this surgery will be focused on building a foundation and increasing the elasticity of her facial skin by inserting expanders. So how many more surgeries after this and when is the next one? Her next surgery is expected in the spring and at this point the doctors have said that her surgeries will hopefully be done in a year. 
The most important thing to take away from this update is that Nicki is C free! I refuse to give power to actual name so I just say "C." In other news, Bryce turned 3 in October. He won't stop moving for a minute, is not phased by any of this, and is a happy little munchkin. Please keep up the prayers and positive energy you have all been sending Nicki's way. As Nicki and I say, we are "Locked and Loaded," for this next surgery! 

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