Team B Gray Matters

"YOU HAVE A BRAIN TUMOR" Those were the words Brittany's Doctor said to her on Aug 28th 2017. She had gone in for an MRI after having occipital headaches over the past few months. Brittany had surgery on Sept 15th 2017, They thought then that 100% of the tumor was removed. Her results came back that the tumor was a low grade cancer, Astrcytoma brain cancer. At that point she went to MD Anderson in Houston, Texas to meet with Dr. Carlos Kamiya. She was told to go on what is called "watch and wait" and have repeat MRI's every 3 months for the rest of her life. Because it was so low grade she was told she could potentially have surgery every 5 to 10 years or 15 to 20 years if that, they had never seen this kind before. She paid over $6,000 out of pocket for them to break down the tumor and tell her everything it consisted of. A follow up MRI on July 10th 2017 showed that there was still a tumor, They determined it was residual from the first surgery with some progression. She had surgery again on  and followed up with an MRI the day after, again showing residual tumor left. 
It has been officially decided today that Brittany will be heading down to MD Anderson to start what’s called “pencil beam proton radiation therapy” this will take 4-6 weeks after she sees a radiation oncologist September 13th. It will take 5-10 business days to form and make her mask after that.She will be moving into what they call the “rotary house” which is hooked onto the buildings. 

Brittany is a young mother of 2 beautiful babies. She is currently a charge nurse  and is in school to become a nurse practitioner. She is continuing to move forward with her goals despite any of this.  No one fights brain cancer alone. We fight together, so please give what you can, every little bit helps with all the added expenses of fighting this battle. 
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Teara Bent-Cady
Toulon, IL

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