Riley Lowrance's Medical Fund
Riley turned 8 just before Christmas, and though she had chemo through the holidays, she was still able to enjoy time with her family, go to a water park and even go ice fishing. There are good days and not so good days, and Riley has had some time in the hospital for transfusions and low immunity. But she's a fighter and has been so brave and amazing. So has her mom.
Riley is about half way through her treatment, so they are hoping to be done in 7 months. This is a long road. Please send Riley and her family your thoughts and prayers. We truly believe that it works.
Riley started chemo yesterday. So far, so good! She's feeling okay and we're all hoping for the best for this little love.
Thanks so much for all the love and thoughts and prayers and donations. Please know how much it's appreciated!
Riley is recovering well from her brain surgery and has seen very few side effects from such a large operation. The surgeons are confident that they removed the entire tumor, which is just miraculous.
Right now preparations are being made for Riley to begin radiation. Chemo will follow, with more than a year of treatment in the plans.
The funds being raised are helping the Lowrance family with travel and expenses during this time. Thank you all for your support, kind words and prayers.
And please, go on Facebook and post a photo of something or someone with the words #RileyStrong, so she can see the faces of the many people cheering for her.
An update from Holly, Riley's Mom:
Riley update-( before things get crazy) so yesterday all I did was go from one meeting to the next. Thank God grandma Rosie was here to sit with Riley, and thank God for grandma Sharon for taking care of Addison. Yesterday we had PT And OT a hearing test.(because chemo can destroy your hearing) I met with a psychologist three times. Twice I met with oncologists on the brain tumor cancer team. I met with one school teacher, one art therapist. And let's not forget 2 neurosurgeons. And who knows what I'm forgetting. I was so exhausted at the end of the day, I just kept thinking I don't know how to keep moving, but I do....And today is another day. And I will never give up or be too tired for Riley. I will be next to her every step of the way. As much as this is her fight I feel like it is mine too.
So bad stuff and then good stuff. Some bad stuff we are still waiting for the final pathology from st. Jude's hospital. I found out yesterday. That there is some "concern" that this is an aggressive form of cancer. Which breaks my heart. I also am hearing that they are worried about what kind of cells will come out of the lumbar puncture. So if anyone is still praying please pray for a positive outcome for these two tests. I do believe everyone's prayers were working because I found out the drs have been constantly amazed time and time again. They always had a bleak outlook and then somehow things have turned around. The first one was that they couldn't believe that they got all of the tumor out. They couldn't believe it wasn't involving the brain stem. They couldn't believe the cancer wasn't in her spine. They couldn't believe she woke up from surgery without any real deficits. So all of these things are little miracles and I am so grateful for them. But if I could just have two more! So some positive news. We were told that we may go home on Wednesday night. Now as of this morning I'm not sure this is still going to happen. But who knows. Her EVD (the drain in her head) is clamped, and hopefully her brain has taken over and is taking care of the fluid itself. We will know for sure tomorrow when they do an MRI. If the MRI looks good the EVD will be coming out! I think they potentially plan on putting the port in on Friday. But who knows things always change. Today I meet with the radiation team. The plan is to start radiation in 2 weeks. Those types of meeting drain me. They all sound so bleak. It's like here are all of the ways we are going to kill your daughter to keep her living. But I guess this is our only option. But there is lots of good news and if you see her it's amazing that only 1 week ago today she had serious brain surgery.
Please keep everyone in your prayers, and thank you all for the support.