Back in June 2016, the mass on Kendell’s brain was found. After an original diagnosis of an arachnoid cyst, her neurosurgeon determined that it was actually a tumor. Instead of going the invasive route, they decided to monitor it closely with periodic MRIs. As they monitored it, Kendell began to experience focal seizures on a monthly basis.
In December 2017, Kendell had a follow-up appointment where an MRI revealed that the tumor had grown 5mm. At that point, her neurosurgeon recommended surgery. She went through more testing and at that point confirmed seizure activity.
On March 6, 2018, Kendell underwent a craniotomy in attempt to diagnose her condition. In this procedure, part of her skull was removed, and 12 biopsies were taken of the part of her brain where the tumor was located. The skull was re-secured with titanium fittings and her scalp was closed with 21 staples. The initial results showed that there was no blood in the biopsies, but they couldn’t tell the normal brain from the tumor, which led to uncertainty. Ten days later, Kendell went in for her follow-up appointment to have the staples removed.
Shortly after, Kendell had to travel from Las Vegas to UCLA to visit with a more specialized neurosurgeon, since Las Vegas is limited in testing and treatment for neurosurgery. At that visit, they scheduled her to return to UCLA to have surgery on April 12th, where the tumor will either be fully removed or taken out as much as possible.
WHY WE’D LOVE YOUR HELP!
There is still a lot of unknowns for Kendell and her family. The medical bills continue to climb as she is out of work until 30 days after her final surgery, at a minimum. Additionally, her family is missing time from work to be with her as she goes through surgeries and testing. Travel to and from UCLA has racked up expenses for the family as well. Kendell works 50+ hours per week as a strength and conditioning intern with the Vegas Golden Knights and a pilates instructor at Lifetime Fitness. She doesn’t qualify for FMLA leave at due to her part-time status. The financial burden is one more thing tacked on to the overflow of worry and uncertainty that her family is facing – and we are looking to diminish that as much as possible by raising funds for her treatment and recovery.
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