25 days away from graduating high school Tenley was rushed to the ER (for the 3rd time in a week) due to intense pain in her head, vomiting, sweating, and nausea. What we thought was just "cough headaches" turned out to be a large mass on the base of her brain. Within minutes the flight team was in the room and getting Ten ready to be MED-flown to St. Mary's in Rochester Minnesota. For her, the 35 minute ride was over in a flash, for the rest of us, it was terrifying. Coming from all over Wisconsin, her wonderful support system had rushed to her side. They decided it was best to do another CT scan as well as an MRI. Thinking that there was nothing they could say to make the situation worse, we were blindsided. Not only does Ten have a large mass on the left portion of her cerebellum, but what seems to be two more on the right side. Multiple tumors. She will endure a left suboccipital craniectomy/craniotomy, possible extension to bilateral suboccipital craniotomy and resection of left cerebellar tumor. Ten has and will have an extended medical stay, as well as follow up appointments and multiple therapies. All proceeds will go to Tenley's medical expenses, and her expenses while away from work.
During the procedure they were able to remove the largest mass on the left side of her brain. However the right side tumors are still intact. The early tissue test resulted in a medulloblastoma. This is a cancerous form of tumor. She will need additional treatment to get rid of the remaning tumors. This will most likely be a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.
On the spectrum of easily treatable and untreatable Tens tumor is intermediate. However because of the amount of tissue (tumor) left in her brain her treatment is high risk. For her treatment they are hitting the tumor hard and fast. Her treatment will begin the first week of June with small amounts of chemo, and radiation Monday through Friday for 6 weeks in Rochester. The small amounts of chemo will be first in the day to make the tumor more sensitive to radiation. Within four hours after her chemo she will start radiation for the day. This will go on for 6 weeks. After the 6 weeks of radiation and chemo she will have a 6 week break. Then she will start 6 rounds of chemo, that last 4 weeks each. A total of 24 weeks. One session of chemo will start with week 1 in the hospital for 3 days receiving chemo. Week 2 she is in for 1 day, and then a 2 week break, and start over. She will receive blood work and regular check ups through the whole process.