“It sucks – because you can’t do the things that you used to do.”


“It’s surreal. When somebody asks you, ‘what’s going on with her’ and you say ‘it’s brain cancer’ – it’s not something that you hear in people’s mouths. It’s something that affects the entire family. It hits you like a truck. You can’t plan for it or anticipate it – no, until the doctor says it. For a child, it’s exceptional and hard to deal with. She’s the youngest of four – the baby of the family. She has two older brothers, an older sister – all very healthy. My daughter was in college and she dropped out of her program to come home. She said she couldn’t – couldn’t manage her school work and be there to help with her – because I’m a single mom. So, we all live together and they help out. They are an exceptional group of kids. This came out of the blue. All of a sudden she was nauseous and vomiting. Then it was a brain tumor, three days later she was in surgery, and 8 days later she had cancer. It’s not easy. What she has it’s a rare form of cancer, but she’s been doing really well with her treatment plan. She’s been strong. Medulloblastoma is a very aggressive form of cancer – the tumor was probably growing fast. Thankfully we caught it early. It’s hard – there is no option. Either you fight it or she dies – there is no option. But we’re very optimistic. You have to be optimistic, you have to keep your faith and that will keep you going.”

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