Tabernash woman suffering from rare tumor seeks help
November 30, 2008
A Tabernash, Colorado, woman who suffers from a tumor is looking to the community for help.
Yadira Adame, 21, found out she had a tumor on Nov. 5 after experiencing several symptoms.
“I used to get real strong headaches and my right eye would hurt,” she said.
She suffers from a right Vestibular Schwannoma tumor, which is located in front of her right ear.
The right side of her face is paralyzed, allowing her to smile only with the left side of her face, and she can’t blink her right eye.
“Every night when I go to sleep I have to put drops in my eye and tape it shut because my eye doesn’t close,” said the mother of two. “They told me after I get both my surgeries done I have to see an eye doctor.”
The eye doctor will then perform a procedure enabling her to close her eye.
Adame doesn’t know if her smile will ever go back to normal.
“It might go back to normal or it might not ” we just don’t know,” she added.
No one else is her family has ever had a tumor. She was told the cause is unknown.
“They just say it’s a rare disease,” she added.
When asked if she was in pain, she said: “Right at this moment, no, but there are times when I get headaches and I can’t do nothing.”
Family members sometimes help watch the children “because I am in pain and too tired to take care of them,” Adame said.
She has a surgery scheduled for Dec. 13.
“I have to be strong for my kids. I cannot be just crying like I did when I found out,” she said. “I’m getting a lot of support from family and friends; they just help me to be strong and … not to think about it.”
She has been passing out fliers around town and putting out cans for community members to make donations. A fund has also been opened in her name at Wells Fargo Bank in Winter Park.
Fliers are at City Market in Granby, Guada Lajara restaurant in Granby, Changes Thrift Store in Fraser, Conoco gas station in Winter Park, and Moonshine Liquor Store in Fraser. Moonshine and Conoco have also allowed her to put cans out so community members can make donations to help.
“It’s going to help take care of me and the kids,” she said. “Any amount they give us is a lot of help.”
” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.