Mom of 4 relapses, cancer now terminal; friends ask for prayers and support.

March 7, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Family and friends have put out a call to action – they’re looking for support for Cheektowaga mom, Amy Mcbride-Howlett and her family of six (four children ages 4-13) by donating your money and prayers.

Amy was diagnosed with stage 3 Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer in 2013 when she was 34-years-old.   Family Friend, Katie Edwards says the family recently learned the news that it has returned and is terminal.  “The doctors have given Amy very little time left and so we are reaching out to friends to raise money and support, to help ease the financial burden on her family.”

 

It’s been a long road for Amy and the Howlett family. In 2013, prior to her diagnosis, Amy spent 10 weeks in the hospital after experiencing premature labor. The babies, Calvin and Harper were born 12 weeks premature, and spent 10 weeks in the NICU.

 

Finally, after 20 weeks of hospitalizations, the family of six, including her two older boys Noah and Carson, were re-united at their home.

Amy’s was experiencing dizzy spells and other symptoms. She was given misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis and treatments for conditions she didn’t have.

Sadly, a biopsy confirmed she had brain cancer.  In 2013-2014 Amy underwent months of chemotherapy, radiation and then eventually surgery to remove her original brain tumor and miraculously has been cancer free for the past 4 years.

Katie says her friend had been living life, enjoying her children and family, “Amy remained paralyzed on her left side from the original tumor but was otherwise able to lead a normal, happy life and mother her children as they have grown.  Sadly, about 9 months ago she started experiencing dizziness and a decline in speech and mobility that has continued to worsen and included a hospital stay in December for pneumonia.”

 

 

Amy has been unable to speak or walk since August and the burden of care for herself and her four children has been on her family and husband Sean.

A Gofundme has been set up to help the family pay for services, medical costs and other unexpected costs.

Here is a link. https://www.gofundme.com/friendsofamyhowlett

 

About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.

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6 Comments

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    Thank you so much for sharing this Mary. You are such a kind person. Her family and friends are so grateful for the support ❤️

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    Thank you so much for sharing this Mary. You are such a kind person. Her family and friends are so grateful for the support ❤️

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    I love my mom

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    I love my mom

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    I Pray for you and your family I know how hard this fight is for you and your family I’m also fighting cancer right now and it’s very hard for my family so I do my best to be strong for them, Good luck with your journey

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    I Pray for you and your family I know how hard this fight is for you and your family I’m also fighting cancer right now and it’s very hard for my family so I do my best to be strong for them, Good luck with your journey

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