Monica’s life changed on 9/27/22 when she went in for an eye exam. What was supposed to be a low profile eye exam, ended with an urgent referral to the ER after some concern about the appearance of her optic nerves. 

After a 7 hour wait at the UNMC ER, she was finally roomed and sent for her first MRI. The neurology team discovered a mass on Monica’s brain, which warranted an admission to the hospital and more scans of the brain and spinal cord. On 9/29/22, the neurosurgeon decided the best plan of action was to resect what he could and perform a biopsy. The procedure went as planned, and Monica was able to return home after only 2 nights in the ICU! 

To say she is a boss is a complete understatement, but did we expect anything less from the one and only Monica Winkelmann? 

31 staples and some hardware later, Monica is now recovering well at home. She has remained herself through the entire process, cracking jokes and “just mad chillin”. The outpouring of love, support, meals, etc. has been incredible from her amazing group of friends and family. She is still waiting for answers on what exactly this is and what the plan is moving forward.

People have been asking what they can do to help. It is starting to become a reality that there are going to be extensive medical bills and possibly some time off work. If you feel so inclined, any amount of financial support you can provide will be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you for your support of Monica. Below are a few different ways your can support and track Monica’s progress. We appreciate all you do for our amazing Monica!

Go Fund Me Page

If you would like to donate to Monica’s Go Fund Me page, please click here to learn more.

Twisted Vine Fundraiser Event

Wow! Thank you for your amazing response to this event! The reserved seating is now sold out!

The patio will be available for first come seating and the forecast looks like it will be a great night to sit by the fire! Bingo tickets will be available for sale at the door.