“Did you all hear about @miskellany?” That was the first moment I learned about a fellow blogger (and Giving Up on Perfect reader) being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Immediately, several of my blogging friends were wondering what we could do to help.

Jessie at Vanderbilt Wife actually grew up with Kelly but has just gotten to know her through blogging, and she’s organized a great way for us to help out our friend. Like Jessie said, blogging really creates a small world where we’ll so much more connected – and affected. I’m honored to help Kelly as she starts the fight of – and for – her life.


The Situation:

A few weeks ago, Kelly was your everyday mommy blogger: a frugal, vegetarian, natural and green living, PhD student, living in Mississippi with her husband and almost two-year-old son, Simon. When her vision started blurring, Kelly thought she needed some more sleep and less time at the library staring at a computer screen.

As her vision worsened, however, Kelly underwent medical tests and found out she has a rare type of brain tumor sitting on her optic nerve. She will travel to Johns Hopkins next week for consultation and surgery. In the best case scenario, Kelly will be in the hospital for five days and recovering nearby for two weeks. If the surgery is less successful, Kelly will lose her eyesight. She would need to stay in Baltimore at least a month to go to rehab and learn to live as a blind woman.

Kelly is 29 years old and has a toddler. She could be me. I can’t even imagine what she is going through right now.


The Plan:

A group of us want to help Kelly have the most comfortable hospital stay and recovery possible. We’re asking if you would consider donating just $3 by clicking on the “donate” button. The money will be used to fulfill Kelly’s wish of having some wonderful, new, comfy pajamas for her time in Baltimore. We’re hoping to have enough to throw in a gift card to Trader Joe’s, so her husband can buy some prepared foods for their family that fit with their dietary preferences.

Will you help by pitching in $3? Thank you so much for considering this!


One More Thing:

We also wanted to gather a few sellers of homemade items who would donate store credit to Kelly. She is a huge fan of Etsy and homemade and upcycled items. Thank you to Moxie Mandie and Candace from Twiggie Makes for donating to that project! If you sell handmade items and would like to donate store credit, please e-mail Jessie.

Thank you!

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