Abby was a normal 11 year old girl. She was on a recreational volleyball team, making straight A's in school, and looking forward to Middle School in the fall. Around February of this year, she started complaining of mild headaches, shortly following were symptoms of dry mouth, tiredness, loss of appetite, and occasional throwing up.
On April 26th, she had an MRI, and we found out she had 2 tumors on her brain. From that point, things moved quickly. We were admitted to Children's Hospital in St. Louis where shortly after they started her first round of chemo.
So far, she's had 3 rounds of chemo with her 4th and final round scheduled for mid July. After that, she'll need 5-6 weeks of radiation, 5 days a week. Unfortunately because of that, she's going to have a delayed start to Middle School. She's been taking all treatments like a trooper, including shots, transfusions, and even a small virus she came down with in May.
She had a follow up MRI at the beginning of June, and we found one tumor is completely gone and the second has shrank in half. She also had hydrocephalus of the brain due to one of the tumors not letting her spinal fluid flow down her spine. This has now cleared up, with a lumbar puncture showing nothing is spreading to other parts of her body.
Her complete diagnosis was 2 germinoma brain tumors which believe it or not comes with a little good news. These type of tumors are about 5% treatable with zero probability of coming back.
We are very happy with this news, however, at 11 years old, she's had to deal with cancer treatments similar to an adult and will have a lifelong condition called diabetes insipidus from the damage one tumors caused.
Through all of this, Abby has persevered and shown strength many adults miss. She has 3 siblings ages 7-9 to help keep her spirits up, but this journey has been hard on all of them. We look forward to the day we can say Abby is cancer free!
To follow current updates on Abby's journey check out Team Abby on Facebook!
- Jill Schrage
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