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Corning native recovering from brain surgery, asking for community help

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - A Corning native who moved down south to pursue her dreams is now recovering from brain surgery.

While working at Friendly's in Corning in 2006, Jessica Ellison met Justin Robinson. He was a cook and she was a waitress. 

They started dating and in 2013, a career in teaching moved her away from family and friends to Virginia. Justin followed.

They married the following the year and now have a baby girl named Arya. Fast forward to this summer and Jessica Robinson began experiencing migraines. 

"It started messing with her vision and everything, and I kept telling her we just got to go to the doctor just to see what's going on at the very least," Justin said. 

Doctors found a colloid cyst in the middle of her brain and say the longer she waited, the sooner she would have died. 

Just last week she underwent brain surgery to remove the cyst which was successfully completed. Doctors say it looks benign, but they'll receive the biopsy in a few weeks to determine if it's cancerous. 

In the meantime, the 28-year-old is recovering well. 

"They've been keeping me in bed the past couple of days," Jessica said. "I've been battling nausea since they pulled out the drain, but besides that it's been pretty good."

A friend created a GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000 to help with daycare and medical expenses.

Another friend, Brandi Borden, is hoping for the best. They've been best friends since middle school and even roomed together in college.

"I want her to know that I love her and that I miss her and I'm glad that we're still able to keep in touch after all these years," Borden said. "I'm thinking of her and doing everything I can from up here to help her feel better and just know that she's being supported through this time."

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