Since then, our life has been a whirlwind of several brain surgeries (to remove pressure on her brain), ER visits, hospital stays, and waiting on pathology reports.
We are still waiting for a final diagnosis and prognosis, as the report from St. Jude Children's Hospital came back and the doctors said her diagnosis is "not straightforward", but her tumor growth rate is high enough that her oncologists at Duke Children's Hospital did NOT want to wait for the next round of tests before we started chemotherapy.
The tumor has been deemed "inoperable" as far as removing it due to the location in the center of her brain. It has already affected her vision and the location means her hormone-regulation will also be affected.
Her chemo started Friday, November 22nd and will involve weekly trips to Duke (about 1 hour away) that will last all day for the next 12-18 months. We will also have additional appointments with the oncology (cancer) team, ophthalmology (vision) team, and endocrinology (hormone) team.
We have been asked by many people for an option on how they can give online, so here it is...
All gifts will be used ONLY for Sara Beth's cancer-related expenses, which are quickly adding up. Examples include: medical bills, medications, home medical supplies, gas, car maintenance, food, etc.
If we come to the end of Sara Beth's cancer journey (be it because of the joy of remission or in sorrow), any remaining amount raised will be donated back to pediatric cancer foundations (such as St. Baldrick's or Alex's Lemonade Stand) which have already been a source of support for our family.
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