I have not updated this in a while, but i think its time to now!
This past Monday, July 27th I had my brain MRI (just like I do every 3 months). Except this one was different, not the news I wanted to hear. The MRI showed I have a new tumor in a different spot from my other one. Unfortunately, reoccurrence in my cancer is common, and I’m right at the time period (2 and a half years after original diagnosis) when this happens. I had a spine MRI on Wednesday and a spinal tap today – and praise God there was no sign of any tumor cells in my spine. I am going to have brain surgery to remove the tumor next tuesday, August 4th. Then after recovery, I will need to get full brain and spine radiation. Since this is all happening when school is starting, I am going to take my first semester of my Junior year at St.Jude school. We rented an apartment downtown so it will be easier than driving 45 minutes there and back everyday for a couple months (something we learned last time). I never knew I would have to go through all of this again, it was tough enough the first time- now this treatment is going to be harsher than my last (yes ladies i will lose all my hair). This sucks, honestly it really sucks. Everything about cancer sucks. Success is not guaranteed, but one thing I know that is guaranteed, is that every single one of my doctors are trying their very best to help me survive and hopefully one day say I beat this. I am blessed to be a patient at the best children’s research hospital in the world. I know I have the best radiologist, neurosurgeons, and Doctors on my team, and I am confident that I can get through this. I know God has a plan for me (my favorite bible verse Jeremiah 29:11). And even though this will be very tough I am going to try my best to stay strong and positive. Thank you so much for all of the support and prayers I have already gotten!