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Angel’s Story

Angel underwent surgery 3/10/10 and 3/26/12 for a large brain tumor in the cerebellum and brainstem.  Chemo completed 10/13 after 18 month regimen. Tumor remains at this point. Doctors removed 95% of the tumor.  Diagnosis is "juvenile pylocytic astrocytoma." (FYI - "Tribute donations" on this page support the amazing work of Caring Bridge. Many have asked about donations specifically to Angel's account...this can be done at http://www.colespages.org/angelthompson/donations/view or at Fifth Third bank in Concord, NC - Angel Thompson Benefit Fund)

"It is a big tumor...it will require surgery...it is likely cancer...it is not  a good prognosis."  These are the things that strike fear in the heart of any parent.  This is what we heard about our wonderful five year old daughter Angel on Monday after a visit to the ER and ensuing transfer.  Last week she began having headaches and problems with her eyes going crossed.  We had a few MD visits and were leaning toward vision problems.  Thanks be to God for the wonderful staff at CMC-Northeast ER who caught the tumor and immediately arranged transfer to CMC-Main Levine Childrens Hospital.  We have met with pediatric neurosurgeons and pediatric oncologists.  The tumor is in the cerebellum exerting pressure on the brainstem with increased intracranial pressure.  It is a large tumor with anticipated difficulty removing it.  There is significant potential of complication associated with removal and most likely will result in cerebral shunt placement.  Surgery is scheduled for 3-10-10 at 6 am.  We know that miracles happen and that God still performs miracles.  We know this is possible through prayer and the mighty hand of God who already has his hands at work in Angel's healing.  Words cannot express our fear and anxiety.  Knowing tomorrow will be different in some way brings pain...we try to remain strong in our faith because we know that God is near.  Thanks go out to all who have prayed, sent gifts, visits, and supported.

Jump forward to August 2011. The tumor has new activity with some growth but more seriously, pressure being exerted in the brain. Headaches and neurological symptoms have increased. Angel has continued frequent physical and occupational therapy since her surgery. Additional surgery and chemotherapy are now being discussed. We praise God for the blessing of these days and for the awesome support network we have in our family, friends, church, co-workers, and prayer warriors.

March 2012 the tumor has grown back into the cerebellum in the old areas as well as a new area hidden by scar tissue from the previous surgery, Surgery performed again on 3/26/12 with all tumor removed from the cerebellum, however, the brain stem portion of the tumor remains. Chemotherapy regimen of 60 months to begin 2-3 weeks post surgery.

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Things have been going well with the normal routine of monthly visits to oncology. Angel still struggles with fatigue and concentration but otherwise has been doing exceptionally well. They have now moved her MRI to a four month schedule instead of three months. The two tumors remain in the brainstem and we continue to watch them. At present, there is no new growth. The scheduled MRI and symptoms will alert us if changes begin. Our prayers are for a long period of time for no new growth or for the tumors to just go away. Angel has been active at school and in the outdoors. We have been blessed with many wonderful people in our lives who have touch us in a special way and made this journey a bit more tolerable. Over the last few months Angel has been blessed with opportunities from Hunters Helping Kids, Dream Hunt, Dream on 3, and Hometown Heroes. Our prayers continue to go out for others who walk the difficult journey with childhood cancer. Many of their journeys have just started, others have come o an end, and others continue the fight.  Each day so many kids are diagnosed with cancer. When you hear that dreaded news, it is a moment that will change your life...nothing will ever be the same again; however, we are reminded of the importance of living each day to the fullest and cherishing the memories we make or none know what tomorrow holds. We thank you for your prayers and support.
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alison dees
By alison dees
Hello Thompson Family,
This is the Dees family. We met you all at Camp Debbie Lou!
We are so happy to find your site.
Joseph's cancer has come back twice, but we are still going strong. We are headed to Cincinnati for an experimental treatment.
We will continue to keep you all in our prayers. Maybe we can meet again someday!
Please tell Angel hello for us.
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By beautiful hansom
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Denise Wall
By Denise Wall
I am so thankful that things seem to remain stable and that your family is able to enjoy the experiences that bring you joy. Merry Christmas to you!
donna bolles
By donna bolles
Thank you for the update on Angel. I am glad to hear that she is doing so well. My prayer is that you had a Merry Christmas and made precious memories. God bless your sweet family, Donna Bolles > Always Trusting, Believing, and Staying Forever Faithful to God. With HOPE for a cure for all childhood cancer.
caringbridge.org/visit/averyevans ~ back in the fight for round #2
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