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Praying for a miracle while fighting for her life

The Glaze family at the beach.  Photo submitted

The Glaze family at the beach. Photo submitted

Shanean Glaze is a thirty-four-year old mother of two. In most of our minds she is way too young to be fighting the battle of breast cancer, but that is exactly what she has been doing since she was first diagnosed in September 2013. Glaze felt a lump on her breast and thought it was just a bug bite. The lump continued to grow so she went to see a doctor. That is when she first received the news that it was stage 3 cancer with a tumor the size of a mango. She immediately started Chemo treatments on October 2013 and finished up in December 2013. After treatment ended Glaze found out the treatments did not work and that they needed to remove her breast. The arrangements were made quickly; within three months she had had her breast removed and had completed thirty-three radiation treatments. On March 28, 2014, Shanean Glaze was able to ring the bell stating she was cancer free. In May, Glaze returned for a follow up appointment and through a CT scan, was told her caner had returned. This time the cancer has spread into her bones, liver, lungs, pancreas, and pelvis. Shortly after this grim discovery she started having back pains. The doctors did a MRI and found a tumor wrapped around her spinal cord as well. She was admitted to the hospital for her pain and during this time she was given the news that the cancer was very aggressive and had spread all over her body. It was at this time Glaze knew she did not want to stay in a hospital. She wanted to be home with her children. On June 28, 2014, Shanean came home to her family and friends. The amount of love and support she has received from the community has been overwhelming.

Shanean’s mother, Liz Glaze, has become her primary caregiver. She has had to take a leave of absence from her job at Forest Hills Elementary School so she can be with her daughter and grandchildren, Jalyin (9) and Madison (7). Shanean’s sister, Shavonia, and her brother, Nickolye, have also moved into the home to help care for their sister. Hospice Care of South Carolina has also been called in. Andrea Bishop, a nurse who is working with Glaze, asked her if there was anything she would like to do. Glaze told Bishop she would really love to go to the beach with her children. Bishop jumped at the task of organizing an all expense paid trip for the Glaze family to Myrtle Beach. The trip came together very fast as many community businesses and churches helped fund the trip for the family. Bishop offered her personal SUV to the family for the trip so they could all ride together. Once in Myrtle Beach, the family was met by representatives of the Hospice Care of South Carolina Myrtle Beach office 005who helped them to their room and helped them unpack. The company had even arranged for a beach wheel chair to be present so Shanean could go on the beach with her family. Liz Glaze said “This trip was an answer to a prayer. It was a dream come true for Shanean to be able to go on vacation with her babies.”

The Glaze family has lots of love and support from the community. Ta’nesha Bryant has taken it upon herself to organize several fundraisers for the family. Her first idea was to sell t-shirts with the bible verse “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. Philippians 4:13.” She also organized a walk at the Colleton County Middle School track on August 9. “To know Shanean is to love Shanean. She is fighting for her kids. She wants to see them graduate one day and that is something I like to hear. That is what gives her strength,” said Bryant. If you would like to support the Glaze family, you can find the fundraiser at www.booster.com/shaneanfaith.


Christie Slocum (542 Posts)