25 year old mom with terminal cancer forced to prove her cause
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A young North Central Florida mom is battling terminal cancer. She said her doctors gave her 6 - 12 months to live, but some have questioned whether she's been making it all up just to get money.
"I would give back every money, every trip, everything that was ever given and more if I had more time with them," said 25 year old Megan Zipperer, a Branford mother of three who married her high school sweetheart.
Back in 2015, a pelvic exam revealed she was in the first stages of cervical cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation.
She said during a check-up in July, doctors thought she was improving. "It was shrunk, like miracle shrunk. The doctor was like, 'Megan this is good. This is really good. We'll see in your 6 month appointment,'" Megan said.
During her 6 month check-up, she said doctors told her the cancer had become terminal.
"When my scan came out, it had shown that it was in the stomach and in the lungs. I decided I had a lot of friends that need to know this, so I just uploaded a raw video on Facebook and it went viral," said Megan.
Within days, people from all over the country were sending her gifts, money, and prayers. "There are people I've never met hugging me and praying for me at Walmart," she said.
Through the donations to a GoFundMe account, her husband River was able to take leave off work.
Megan explained, "He is a pipe builder, so generally he travels all around the United States."
"If it wasn't for the people donating, I'd have to leave next week and go back to work," said River Zipperer.
Some reported the account as a scam.
"How could people say that? For them to go report the GoFundMe and say that it's a fraud and that I'm lying or that my family and all my friends are lying," said Megan.
She said she was forced to prove to GoFundMe that she was suffering from cancer. "I messaged my oncologist at 11 o'clock at night and she went and wrote up my report for me to send, to post to all of Facebook so everyone can see the nitty gritty of how I'm dying," Megan said.
With so little time left to live, she wants to cherish the moments she has left with her children.
"I had to sit down and tell Sawyer, my oldest son, last night and all he kept saying was 'you can't go,'" said Megan, crying.
"It's been a real struggle. I mean, we're trying to keep uplifted and keep moving on in life and enjoy every minute that we got," said River.
"We're going to make memories that we've never made before," said Megan, explaining their trip to Disney. The couple plans to renew their wedding vows on a cruise in the next couple of months.
"Never take your wife or your husband for granted because you never know when something like this is going to happen," River said.
More than $55,000 has been raised for her family. To help her family, visit her GoFundMe account.
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