In June 2016 Ria Colbourne, 13 years old at the time, from Central Newfoundland was leading a happy healthy life, found herself unable to walk. Her diagnosis was rare....she had MPNST. A nerve sheath tumour called Schwanomma. Ria immediately had a spiral surgery and then a second surgery in September. A thoracotomy to remove the rest of the tumour. Although both surgeons were optimistic, on May 1st, 2018 Ria was told the news that her tumour has grown again in the spinal column. Her oncologist started radiation treatments and was very positive and expressed he believed that Ria's chances were above 80%. She was a trooper during the whole summer and faced each day with a smile and a great attitude! A couple of weeks ago, with great sadness, Ria and her family were faced with the reality that the tumour did not respond and has actually grown. They are waiting on news from the cancer clinic in St. John's as to what the next step for Ria will be. To date, the Colbourne family has travelled and stayed away from home well over 100 times. We are now reaching out to all friends and family that can offer any financial support to help this family through this very difficult time. All love, thoughts and prayers are also very much appreciated!+ Read More
Hi family and friends, time for the 3 month update. Today was a difficult day... Ria’s MRI revealed an 8mm growth on the anterior lobe and a new tumour higher up in the spinal area. She is sad but strong...we ask that you would continue to pray and send positive thoughts and comments. You have made her smile so many times and for that we are grateful. God bless you all.
Just an update to let you all know that Ria is feeling great! Pain management has helped so much and she is busy with Physio exercises to strengthen her back. Her next appointment is December 17th. Thanks to each of you for supporting our girl!!
Surgeon #2 today is proceeding with caution but no surgery right now !! Thank the Lord! He will wait on the next MRI results. He too is hoping for no growth in the next 3 months.