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Help Roberta Beat Cancer

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On Tuesday  January 15th at 9:30 pm tragedy struck our 13 year old daughter.  Roberta, an accomplished cellist and Volleyball star was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in her left shoulder and she is left handed.  By midnight she was on the pediatric oncology ward of Sacred Heart hospital 2 & half hours away from home.   We've been here with her for the last week while she has undergone tests & consults from various Dr's , but the costs are already starting take their toll.  Our savings are already depleted and we have a long road ahead of us.  With 30 weeks of chemo and radiation therapy ahead; surgery to remove the tumor & more chemo, radiation & surgery ahead it will be a long road and uncertain outcome. We're looking at the complete loss of income from at least one of us so we can help her work through this intense treatment schedule set to start in a few days.  With 3 other children we'll soon see things become even harder.  Please help us take care of our entire family while we work through this difficult time.  Anything will help.  If you can't donate money you can donate in other ways.  We can use hotel vouchers so we can stay close to her and the hospital & gift cards to help purchase incidentals, fuel, etc.  Contact us via e-mail to find out where you can send such things. Anything will help us out greatly.

Thank you all for your help and please pray for us.

God bless you.
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Been a bit since the last update so here’s a chronology of what’s been happening.
March 28: Berta had surgery to remove Ralph and Titania replaced him.
April 16: Berta’s Oncologist looks over her surgical incision in preparation for the start of the next 20 weeks of Chemo & discovers profuse drainage from the incision site. After consulting her surgeon Berta is admitted for emergency surgery.
April 17: Berta goes into surgery. A 45-minute surgery becomes 3 hours as the surgeon removes Titania, sterilizes her & cleans the incision site in case of infection. The incision site is covered with a Wound Vac system in order to prevent infection; Infectious Disease is consulted.
April 19: Berta’s Wound Vac dressing is changed for the first time revealing the incision site. Berta is on IV antibiotics and is in intense pain. Mom & Dad gather the Drs. To get something done & a pain specialist is brought in to help.
April 23: Berta comes home to recover where she will have her Wound Vac dressing changed every other day & go to the local hospital every morning to continue her IV antibiotics.
She’ll see her surgeon in 3 weeks to see if she’ll be cleared to begin chemo again or head back home to continue recovery. While at the hospital she will have a PET scan, CAT scan, MRI, Blood work, IV antibiotics & a consult with her Oncologist.

We’ll let you know how all that turns out.
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So Berta had her birthday last week. The hospital staff brought her a cake & she gave herself a day early discharge to the Ronald McDonald house. On the 21st she had a CT scan, 2 MRIs, 1 PET scan & an audiological exam. The scan results were for tomorrow's big day, but the hearing test was to see if she has lost any hearing due to the chemo. The test showed that she's has moderate to severe hearing loss in the upper ranges.
Berta had Chemo again this last Friday & this time she set a record. Berta lowered her chemo levels to acceptable levels in 48 hours!!! The previous record was 72. Tomorrow is the big day. 22+ hours in surgery and Ralph will be evicted & Berta will have an artificial Humorous. Wish us luck, send prayers & please spread word of her fight to as many people as you can. The world Everyone should learn about how courageous our little girl is.
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So Today is Berta's Birthday & she's spending it finishing up her 5th round of Chemo. She starts round 6 on Friday after a whirlwind day of scans & tests on Thursday. She'll finish round 6 just in time to have Ralph evicted on the 28th. As much as I'd like to say that this would mark the end of our journey, it isn't. After her surgery Berta will be given 1 week to recover; after that she'll resume her chemo treatments. We don't expect her to be home before the end of the year.
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Things have been pretty interesting since our last update. Berta's started to show some of the physical signs of her treatment & she's been having blood work done every couple of days. She's in good spirits, but she's tired of being on lockdown as she calls it. She got to do a day of "work release" to get her braces off here in town (dr's orders) but had to come right back. She's been a real inspiration with the way she's handling all this. Quite frankly she's handling it better than the rest of us. She named her tumor Ralph the cockroach (there's a story about that) & she's pulled me up short every time she sees me getting too serious about it. I'm learning to follow her lead through a lot of this.

Thanks for your thoughts, prayers & continued support. We'll have a new update soon & a video update from Berta herself coming soon.
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