#GetWellMeechy: Natural Hair Vlogger Battling Rare Brain Tumor

July 28, 2014  |  

There are so many natural hair bloggers out there, but of the more popular ones, is Meechy Monroe. Meechy, whose real name is Tameka, started sharing her natural hair journey in 2010 , in an attempt to encourage and inspire women.

Four years later, her YouTube channel boasts over thirty thousand online subscribers. Meechy, along with her sister, who goes by the name MsVaughnTV, created the successful natural hair duo, “The Monroe Sisters” and have traveled the country and parts of Europe speaking about embracing natural hair.

But sadly, Meechy’s work was…redirected this past April when she suffered an unexplained stroke. As a result she developed slurred speech, facial drooping and numbness in her right hand. Meechy would have two more strokes before doctors would diagnose her with a rare sarcoma (a vascular, cancerous tumor) in her brain.

In the course of three months, Meechy had suffered three strokes and had to have two brain surgeries, the last of which was July 3. The strokes affected the language processing center of Meechy’s brain and she was diagnosed with Aphasia, a disturbance of the delivery of language, not linked to the loss of intelligence.) So, in an open letter to her fans, she writes: “I’m still the same Meechy! Just with some challenges.”

In preparation for her brain surgery and subsequent radiation and chemo therapy, instead of losing her hair, Meechy had it shaved off and donated it to Locks of Love, the organization that helps cancer patients coping with hair loss.

Meechy plans to keep her subscribers and fans informed of her journey but writing about her recovery on her blog.

If you’ve ever undergone any type of medical procedure, you know that even just one surgery can be extremely costly. And Meechy has had two and still has to undergo chemo and radiation. So, her mother, sister and other family members started the #GetWellMeechy campaign and have set up a GiveForward campaign to help raise $100,000 in funds to help offset some of the costs. Thus far, the campaign has raised $30,697 from 988 donors.

If you want to send notes of sympathy, you can mail them here P.O. Box 286621 Chicago, IL 60628 or send them directly to Meechy at this e-mail address GetWellMeechy@gmail.com.

It’s frightening to think that one moment you can be living your life as normal and then the next, you’re faced with a life threatening and life altering disease. But Meechy still describes herself as blessed and her family has said that she’s remained optimistic throughout her physical and speech therapy.

We’re definitely thinking about Meechy and keeping her and her family in our prayers.

You can read Meechy’s full story here and watch her journey in the video below.

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