Exam and is a licensed attorney in South Carolina. She started her career at Brown Law, not far from her home in Gaffney. “I didn’t come to Limestone to be a star athlete,” she explained recently about her pilgrimage south to attend college. “I did not choose Gaffney as my forever home when I came for my official visit in the spring 2009 because it had a metropolitan, fast-paced atmosphere. Instead, I chose Limestone and Gaffney because as soon as I opened the door of my dad’s car and stepped onto the campus for the first time, I felt at home. I said to my dad that day, “I will go to school here, and I will make my life in this town.’ “My father knew it was the truth because as many former classmates and faculty members know, I am someone who is guaranteed to do what I say I am going to do,” she continued. “Fast-forward 10 years, and I am still here. A lot has changed since then.” All was going as planned until December 30 when an undiagnosed brain tumor nearly took it all away. She now knows that had she been taken to the Emergency Room just twenty-three minutes later, she would not be here to tell her story of hope, dedication, and faith. Halfway through 2018, Case was losing weight, and did not know why. By the time October rolled around, she was unable to eat or drink anything without becoming sick to her stomach. She had no energy and was wrecked with physical pain. Numerous doctors’ visits and gastrological exams proved futile. She, nor anyone else, knew why she was so ill. On the night before New Year’s Eve, she finally found out. Her then boyfriend, now fiancé, Darin Williams, also a Limestone alumni, rushed her to nearby Mary Black Hospital at 9 p.m. on December 30. A Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT scan) provided the answers to so many of Case’s questions. She had a mass in her brain.
With her prognosis and her attitude both hopeful following her battle with brain cancer, Haley Case isn’t about to waste what she calls her second chance at life.
“I was told that a neurosurgeon was on her way to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and would meet me there for an MRI,” Case said. “When I arrived in Spartanburg, one of my neurosurgeons, Dr. Christie Mina, was literally pacing the floor as she waited for me outside my room. I was immediately taken and prepped for surgery to insert a ventricular brain drain. “After that procedure, I felt like a million bucks and I looked at Darin and said, “Well, okay. I think I could run a marathon right now, and I want spaghetti,” she continued. “When are we allowed to go home?’ Only God knew the LIMESTONE.EDU
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