RAWDON: Christmas will be a bit different for one East Hants family this year, after facing a stream of unimaginably unfortunate events about a month ago.

Paula Nickerson, was in the hospital recovering from a major lymph node removal surgery on Nov. 10 when the wife and mother of three, says she had a horrible gut feeling that something was wrong.

Her husband, Matthew Nickerson, had been in an accident.

While driving home to their kids after a long day of work, a deep socket came flying off a nearby truck on Highway 102, smashing through his truck window, hitting him and shattering multiple bones in his face.

Matthew spent the following few weeks in the Victoria General hospital in Halifax, having various facial reconstruction surgeries. The damage done by the socket was so extreme, it took doctors eight plates, 14 wires, and a piece of bone taken from his hip to rebuild his entire eye socket and nose. Despite their efforts, Matthew will likely not regain his sight in his left eye.

Matthew was released from hospital to begin his recovery on Nov. 21, he would still have to endure trips back and forth the the city to see doctors and specialists who will continue to track his progress.

The next day, Nov. 22, was Paula’s post-op appointment, she travelled to the hospital hoping to finally be on the receiving end of some good news.

But the Nickerson’s were quick to learn that sometimes when it rains, it pours, when Paula received the news that she had been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, which had spread to her lymph nodes, requiring yet another surgery.

Paula says her family is never one to ask for support, always preferring to give than to take, but until insurance processes and distributes their claims, they aren’t sure how they will be able to provide a regular Christmas for their young children.

She wants to thank their generous community members who have helped with groceries, the schools who cover the kids lunches, and everyone who has offered any little bit of help, as it is all appreciate.

Paula’s mother-in-law, Pam, has set up a fundraiser site to help the family with bills that are quickly adding up, and will hopefully have a bit left over to give their three boys a good Christmas after all they have been through.

If you are interested in helping, check out their Go Fund Me page at: https://www.gofundme.com/help-with-everyday-costs.

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Nicole Gnazdowsky
Nicole graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University with a degree in political science in 2014 and University of King’s College with a journalism degree in 2016. She has been with The Weekly Press since May 2016. Nicole grew up in Rothesay N.B. and now lives in Halifax. She loves her dog, Madden, and travelling.