Ian's Journey of Courage

We will never know when Ian's tumor began, all I know is when I started noticing changes in Ian. At first it was the drooping of his right eye however, when I asked if people noticed they all told me it was in my head and he was fine. Than in November 2016 Ian's behavior began to escalate and he became more aggressive at school and at home. The school committee voted and transferred him to an alternative school that focused on behavior not academics . In April Ian began throwing up randomly and without cause. I took him to the G.I. specialist who said his digestive track was fine and Ian was making himself throw up. Than Ian throw up 7 times in one day, he could not even keep water down, so i took him to the emergency room . By this time he was also having problems walking and he had facial asymmetry, the Dr. said it was vertigo and sent us home Friday night. Monday his condition had not improved and I took him back to the emergency room . This time the Dr. said Ian was making this all up for attention and when I asked for a cat scan the Dr. said he didn't need one and sent us home. That same afternoon Ian had a follow up Dr. appointment for the "vertigo" diagnosis with his Pediateition and after taking one look at Ian's face he sent us to Scottish Rite Children's hospital . That night we learned of Ian's brain tumor and by Friday October 7th Ian had brain surgery. On October 12th we found out he had aggressive Stage 3 Malignant Anaplastic Astrocytoma. Approximately 3,000 children are diagnosed with brain tumors each year of which less than 10% are astrocytomas. Our days currently consist of radiation in the morning, Doc. appointments in the afternoon and home schooled in evening. Due to Ian's condition and his schedule I'm unable to work . I have no family in the area and I'm a single mom with no employment and do not qualify for unemployment, Ian's health insurance doesn't cover his full treatment. No amount of donation is too small, at this point anything helps whether its financially, spiritually or emotionally all of it can help Ian continue his Journey of Courage . I have created a Facebook page to keep everyone updated and also raise awareness, the link is below. 

Thank you to all!


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  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 6 yrs


Kara Anderson
Mableton, GA

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