“Today, I found out I have a brain tumor”

by | March 17, 2016 1:26 pm

Last Updated: March 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Lady Cougar Soccer team donates their portion of alumni game to Zirk

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Sierra Zirk, a senior at Colleton County High School, was diagnosed on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, with a schwannoma, a typically benign, slow-growing tumor found in the nerve sheath which covers the brain.

Sierra Zirk, a senior at Colleton County High School, was diagnosed on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, with a schwannoma, a typically benign, slow-growing tumor found in the nerve sheath which covers the brain. Photo by Jeff Musgrave

Sierra Zirk, a senior at Colleton County High School, made a Facebook post on the evening of March 9, 2016 that would quickly go viral and melt the hearts of the community.

 “Okay, as everyone has probably found out, I’ve had a pretty busy day. Today, I found out that I have a brain tumor. Even though it’s not inside my brain, it is still called that because it’s pressing on my brain and the nerves that go to my eyes, mouth, and all my face; which is pretty serious. It’s a pretty good size tumor, bigger than a golf ball, so it’s big. But, I know who’s in charge and he’ll work his wonders.”

According to Sierra, she had been suffering with headaches for a while. In fact, she had been diagnosed with chronic migraines last year. “I have not been feeling great lately,” said Zirk. “I was light-headed sometimes, especially when I would bend a certain way, and my left eye was a little blurry and seemed dilated at times.”

But on Sunday, March 6, it would become evident to Sierra and her parents, Jason and Tammy, that something was possibly wrong. “I had been shooting skeet and came inside,” recounted Sierra. “I showered and went to pull-up my hair and that is when I passed out. My parents and I thought it was my equilibrium because my ears felt funny. Then, we noticed that my eye was now staying dilated.”

Sierra made an appointment with her local physician on Tuesday and was then referred to see an eye doctor on Wednesday. “We went to the eye doctor and when we got there, they turned us around and sent us to the emergency room. From there, we were sent to MUSC,” explained Sierra.

The Colleton County Cougar Soccer Program helped raise $1288 to help with Sierra's medical expenses during Tuesday evening's alumni game. Photo by Jeff Musgrave

The Colleton County Cougar Soccer Program helped raise $1288 to help with Sierra’s medical expenses during Tuesday evening’s alumni game. Photo by Jeff Musgrave

By that evening, Sierra learned she was suffering from a schwannoma, a typically benign, slow-growing tumor found in the nerve sheath which covers the brain.

At this time, Sierra and her parents know that she’ll be facing one surgery, or possibly more, to remove the tumor and may need radiation down the road. She will learn more following extensive testing and scans, which are scheduled for this upcoming week.

Over the course of the past week, Sierra has been heroic in her approach to what she is facing. In fact, she has only missed one day of school after learning of her condition. “I am so thankful that they are letting me attend my prom and enjoy spring break,” admitted Sierra. “I am so happy that I get to at least enjoy the time before my surgery with my friends and family.”

“Even though Sierra isn't a soccer player, she is a part of Colleton County High School,” said Coach Danny Wiggins. “Tragedies like this affect us all.”

Sierra, pictured with CCHS Soccer coaches, Shane Fidler and Danny Wiggins. “Even though Sierra isn’t a soccer player, she is a part of Colleton County High School,” said Coach Danny Wiggins. “Tragedies like this affect us all.” Photo by Jeff Musgrave

The Colleton County Soccer Program held their annual alumni game this past Wednesday evening and a donation was taken up at the gate to help with Sierra’s medical expenses, all of which will not be covered by her insurance. Also, the Lady Cougars Soccer team donated their portion of the fundraiser to Sierra for a grand total of $1288. “Even though Sierra isn’t a soccer player, she is a part of Colleton County High School,” said Coach Danny Wiggins. “Tragedies like this affect us all.”

Several more fundraisers are being planned for Sierra and her family, with details to be released in the future. As for Sierra, she simply asks for prayers for she and her family over the next few weeks and wishes to thank everyone for their continued love and support.

 

comments » 8

  1. Comment by Ann Hiers

    March 17, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I love you Sierra anything I can do just let me. Know . God already has control it will all be good .Tammy and Jason let me no if I can help. SERRIA we have got to do a new tape of you singing you know what I’m talking about love you sweetheart Ann

  2. Comment by shannon

    March 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Really how heartless can you be. If you don’t believe in God that’s one thing. Just send well wishes or whatever but to say you could care less of stories like these are beyond me. And why even say anything. She didn’t ask for this story to be shared. Have some compassion. What if it was you or someone you loved going through this would you feel the same way. Enough of air space has been wasted on that comment. To Sierra I pray God holds His merciful hand of protection over you amd your family. I KNOW and HAVE SEE His miracles so I have no doubt whether it works out the way we want or not it is His will amd His plan. Prayers for the Walterboro community amd the high school. And I even pray for those that have I’ll will to say toward your story may my God show mercy on them.

  3. Comment by Will

    March 17, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you Shannon, Sierra is my best friend and she is a true inspiration she cares for everyone and everything. I am praying for her and I’m sure many others are as well but whoever posted that comment is ignorant and if they don’t want to see it they can find something else to look at. The world doesn’t revolve around what they like or want but anyways thank you again Shannon for being a true Christian

  4. Comment by Alex

    March 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    You’re pathetic. If you have anything rude to say, don’t comment on anything! She didn’t ask to have a brain tumor. We’ll be praying for you since you could “care less”! Have a nice day!

  5. Comment by Donna Avant Miller

    March 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Please everyone lets not comment on the negative comment. Let’s keep this upbeat for who counts. God bless you.

  6. Comment by Heather Frierson

    March 17, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    You’re pathetic. If you have anything rude to say, don’t comment on anything! She didn’t ask to have a brain tumor. We’ll be praying for you since you could “care less”! Have a nice day!

  7. Comment by Julia Yancey

    March 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I know that we aren’t that close, be we are friends. And I care about you. And I’ve been praying for you everyday. I truly hope that you get better. You’re an amazing person and you’re really funny and caring. And you’re an amazing kimp player, I can never beat you. But as for whoever wrote that comment, you’re just ignorant with no life, who just likes to bring others down. She doesn’t need that in her life after everything she’s going through. If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. You’re mother should have taught you that. Anyway, we love you Sierra and we’re all praying for you. I’m here if you ever need to talk!
    Julia ❤️

  8. Comment by Donna Creel

    March 19, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Sierra, you know you are one of my favorite people! It has been an honor to teach you twice. I have never had another student with such an upbeat personality. Will keep you in my prayers. Looking forward to seeing you at prom.


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