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Summer Heath was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma on July 1st, 2013. She went in for an eye appointment that day to get a refraction done on her glasses because she was having constant migraines. Her doctor came in and started everything normally like every other visit, but he was shocked at the loss of vision in her right eye. After an exam he performed he suggested for her to go see another doctor to figure out why there was a "˜bubble' in her right eye. After multiple tests that day she received the news that the "˜bubble' in her eye was a tumor. A cancerous tumor.
Ocular Melanoma is estimated that 77,000 Americans will be diagnosed in 2013. Ocular Melanoma comprises approximately 5-12% of all melanoma and is most commonly diagnosed around 55 years of age.
Summer was 19 years old when she found out that she had Ocular Melanoma. She has by far the bubbliest and positive personality out of anyone, and is the strongest person I know. July 8th was probably one of her best days during the initial process; the doctors told her that she would be able to keep her right eye by doing radiation instead of having to remove it. July 12th was the day she received a plaque that would release radiation into her eye/tumor for 5 days straight. October 9th her and her family had to travel back to Philadelphia to get more treatments on her eye. She has gone through numerous tests, scans, and treatments that require her to travel to Philadelphia for some tests. She will end up going through more tests and scans over the next few years to make sure things do not spread and nothing comes up.
Summer and her family will be facing a mountain of medical bills from the multiple scans, tests, and treatment options that she will be getting to help fight this cancer! I want this to help her and her family through this time when they need our support.
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