Cancerous Tumor (Osteosarcoma)

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Raised by 85 people in 10 months
Created January 21, 2018
Hello. My name is Anna Trahan. Two weeks ago, I learned that I have a tumor on my lower spine. On January 16th, I learned that it's cancerous. I also learned that it formed essentially in the curve of my tailbone and is pushing against a nerve. Therefore, not only is the location of where the tumor formed is rare, but only a few are specialized in removing it. I learned that it is about 10 centimeters big and that I may need to go through radiation treatment to reduce the size of it before having surgery to remove it. This is all occurring during my last semester in undergraduate school. If the tumor isn't removed soon, my situation will only get worse. I ask that you donate money not only to help me, but to help my mother as well. Thank you.
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Unfortunately, it's taken awhile to get information to be able to move forward on this journey. However, I can say that I can finally do that now.

During spring break (3/12-3/16), my family and I travelled to Minnesota to go to the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There, I had more tests done, such as another MRI and CT scan as well as an echocardiogram and a bone scan. All of which showed that I am healthy and that the cancer has not spread.

While this is good news, the purpose of going was for a second opinion on what I was told about surgery. The first surprise is that I actually have chondroblastic osteosarcoma, not chondrosarcoma. This means that the tumor can be treated with chemotherapy prior to surgery.

Last week on Friday (3/30) I learned that this treatment will start on Monday (4/9). Yesterday (4/5), I had a port, or a small tube device, surgically inserted into my neck/upper chest just under my skin so that treatment can be done easier.

Speaking of surgery, the final good news is that my left leg does not have to be amputated. After about 10 weeks of treatment, my family and I will go back to Minnesota for this surgery. It will happen over a period of 2 days and require reconstruction due to the removal of my left pelvis. However, because of the nerves being affected by the tumor, I will need a catheter and a colostomy bag. I will also have drop foot for both feet.

Overall, I am happy with what I have learned and am thankful that my situation is not as bad as it could've been. I'm ready to begin the end of this journey and I thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
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I apologize if anything I said in my last update was offensive. I hope that this update is still read with importance:

Last week on Monday (2/19) I had an appointment with a doctor that told me the only way to save my life is to have a surgery that, because of the location of the tumor, involves the removal and reconstruction of my left pelvis along with the amputation of my left leg. With this procedure, I would lose my ability to go to the bathroom normally.

I had the option of having a second biopsy, known as a surgical biopsy,, in order to determine exactly what sarcoma that I have. This biopsy happened on Thursday (2/15). On Wednesday (2/21), we were told that it is still unknown what it is, that it's either a chondroblastic osteosarcoma or chondrosarcoma.

If it's chondrosarcoma, surgery is the only option. If it's chondroblastic osteosarcoma, chemotherapy will help to shrink it before surgery.

I dislike the option that the doctor gave me. I dislike that it was the only option when there are other options out there. So, my mother is looking for the best. The best specialists in sarcomas. So, it seems we are going to travel for treatment after all.
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On Wednesday, January 31, I was told the results of my CT. Thankfully, the cancer did not spread. However, I was told that it appears that I am at risk of possibly developing blood clots in my legs. Also, it doesn't make my situation any less serious.

I am thankful for all the donations that I have received so far. However, just know that if each of you that shared my story donated just $10, that's over $3000 dollars that could have gone to help both my mother and I. We need help to not only pay for tests that I have had done, which include 2 MRI scans, a CT scan, bloodwork, a biopsy, but also for housing when we relocate for treatment.

As of last week on Friday, I am officially on leave of absence from school. Although I wish I could have finished this semester, my health is more important.

Again, I appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers, and donations. It means a lot to me, and I will keep you all updated as my rocky road continues.
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Yesterday (1/23), I found out that the tumor, known as "chondrosarcoma", normally occurs in people ages 50+ and is a rare tumor to form.

In addition, I will need radiation to shrink it. If the tumor were to be removed as is, I wouldn't be able to walk normally and would lose my ability to control bowel and bladder movements. Lastly, the radiation treatment that I need, known as "proton radiation" is only well known in 12 locations in the US. Therefore, I will have to live in another state for 6-8 weeks and put school on pause for the moment.

I wish I could say this is all unreal, but the more I learn, the more this reality becomes real. Therefore, I ask that you all continue to help me. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
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