Last Thursday, the 9th of August, I was babysitting for the cutest family EVER! I was watering the back yard flowers and got locked out. (big house=big drop onto concrete) After 20 minutes of thinking I was in a horrible nightmare, hanging off the deck (keep in mind that there was a baby in the house about to wake up) and telling myself repeatedly I lived the worst/most unlucky life ever, I called a runner--50-ish year old man in gray spandex and a clashing gray tank top--from the road over to hoist me down the wall. Luckily, the front door was unlocked. I had my twin Jordyn come and fill in for me because I'd been having doctor appointments and had a neurologist appointment this particular morning.
After telling the doctor my symptoms while feeling ridiculous, (my fingers are tingly, and also bloody from the deck at this point) we went in for an MRI. At first he told me to come back in about a week, to get an IV. (I detest needles) But there he was, waiting when I got out to tell me to come look at the results then and there. Not expecting ANYTHING, me and my mom (Diane) were sitting in his office when he and his nurse came in and he said, "I have a bit of bad news, you have a brain stem glioma." I sat there for a while. Not able to comprehend what that was. After what seemed to be 20 minutes, (which in reality was probably 5) I asked, "Do I have cancer?" he replied "Yes" and that was that. He told me I'd need surgery asap. Well, they sent me to primary children's that night where they told me it was inoperable and they currently have 3 patients who have survived what I have. For this cancer, 75% of the patients are 6 year old boys, I'm a 17 year old girl, and twin. Emotional day.
Props to Dr. Liu for saving my life! She came and visited me while I was staying in Primary Children's that night. I love her! If anyone needs a pediatrician. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Oh, and Dr. Bradley Anderson, I love him too. (Provo) He has been my doctor my entire life and cares so much. He was out of town, but gave me a call as soon as he found out to see how I was doing.
They've started me on a steroid, that I swear makes me go insane. I have temper tantrums over nothing like crazy now! I'm going to retain water, and I have senior pictures this Thursday. It was by far the scariest day of my life. I'm still scared, but I know that God's got my back. I've felt the prayers and fasting so much, it's incredible. Anywho, after a couple days of thinking I was starting treatment this Thursday, my awesome cousins (who gave me an ipad on Sunday) are friends with a family who has a 14 year old son with brain cancer being studied at St. Judes. Not knowing if I'd even be accepted, it got me excited to think about and makes me feel peaceful still when I think or talk about it. Lots of tender mercies have occurred and today I was officially accepted into the program. So I'll be relocating to Tennessee on Sunday at 2:30 for 6 weeks. That's basically all I know. I'm scared but really excited. I've felt so much peace and prayers, I honestly don't know how I would've made it through this week (I wouldn't have) without the comfort of spirit, good friends, and an amazing family.
As for now I feel extremely blessed that things have been working out for our benefit, and can't wait to start this short little vacation with Diane. ((Mom) she hates when I call her Diane but I do anyways)
Anyways, this is where I'll be posting to keep y'all updated. (I've been told I'd get an accent, so I'm getting an early start)