Technical details: Emily was diagnosed in 2015 and had a brain tumor resection that diagnosed it as a Grade 2 astrocytoma. She went symptom free for almost 3 years as it was monitored. Early this year she starting experiencing symptoms along with gradual recurrence of the tumor (this was expected). Since she was symptomatic, her doctors wanted to pursue next steps as part of her standard of care. She was also eligible for a clinic trial at her hospital that incorporates a vaccine targeting a specific genetic mutation that is linked to brain tumors that she has chosen to pursue. She is about 9 weeks into the study and will begin a year long course of chemo, coupled with monthly vaccinations post surgery.
Emily recently had her surgery on 9/26/18 and to no one’s surprise, Emily is a ROCKSTAR even when it comes to this major brain surgery! The next day just 24 hours later, she was released post-op. She was then able to come home Saturday 9/29 -just 3 days after she had surgery! Now today, she is walking and talking way better than expected for her recovery. She is scheduled to go back up to Duke 10/10/18 for a follow up to determine if she is ready to start the chemo which is expected to start in October.
Sharing her story and GoFundMe page would be greatly appreciated as well. However you can show your support and love, Emily will be stronger because of it and have a better chance at pulling through this recovery!
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