Amanda Jo “Mo” Bonczynski isn't where she hoped to be at age 20.
She graduated from Centura High School in 2011 and completed one year at Central Nebraska Community College in Hastings.
Then the headaches began. By summer's end in 2012, she was losing her vision. Doctors removed a brain tumor that October.
The pain came back this spring and doctors realized that not all of the tumor was removed. She had radiation treatments and took large doses of steroids.
The headaches worsened.
In August, she had brain surgery to remove fluid on her brain, yet woke up in excruciating pain. This time the cause was air in the brain. A second brain surgery in less than a week fixed the problem.
Due to the tumor and all the surgeries, she has suffered brain damage somewhat akin to having a stroke.
“I'm not 100 percent, but better than I was,” Bonczynski said.
To help with her medical bills, friends and neighbors have planned an 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 fundraiser at the Boelus (Neb.) Civic Center. Kim Johnson of the Golden Nugget steakhouse in Boelus will provide a roast beef dinner. Freewill donations will be accepted. There will also be a raffle.
Donations also are being accepted at the Boelus State Bank, P.O. Box B, Boelus, NE 68820. The account is in the name of Amanda Bonczynski.
Returning to school is at least another semester away, she said. Until then, she will “relax, heal and go to doctors' appointments.”
Physically, she said, she's fine, but, “Sometimes if I get too tired I have headaches.”
She lives with her parents, Bobby and Cindy Bonczynski of Boelus, Neb.