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My Story

Erin was diagnosed with a brain tumor called an Ependymoma when she was 10 months old. She had 3 surgeries to remove the tumor and completed 39 radiation treatments and multiple chemotherapies. Erin passed away on March 28, 2009.

Looking back, we had no idea how sick Erin was. It all began in mid April 2005. We took her to the pediatrician quite a few times and they told us she probably just had a virus that was going around and to give her a few days and she'd get better. That didn't happen and we ended up at the emergency room on May 15. They ran some general tests which all came back normal. Since Erin was so lethargic they decided to keep her overnight for observation. Around 11:00 that night she started vomiting continuously which really freaked me out. They did more tests and those came back clear, too. The next morning, the doctor told me that the only thing they hadn't done was an MRI of Erin's head to see if something there might be causing the problem. They transferred us to Children's Hospital by ambulance on May 16 for the MRI. When we arrived at her room, Erin had a seizure and once they stabilized her they took her right down for the MRI. That's when they told us she had a tumor and would need surgery as soon as possible. The first surgery was at 7:00 am the next day and lasted six hours.

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Michelle Roderick posted a new journal entry, "Messages from Erin".

It's been a very long time since I've had anything worth writing about but something has come up and I thought maybe Erin's friends would like to know. It's a very long ... Read more

Deb Sackett signed Erin's Guestbook.

Saw this story today & it warmed my heart to know Hippos will be dancing once ... Read more

Roxann Ramberg-Cossette signed Erin's Guestbook.

I just read an article on CNN about the theft of the ballerina hippo from Erin's gravesite. It is disgusting to thinking that someone stole it! Instead I am telling myself ... Read more

Michelle Roderick posted a new journal entry, "Messages from Erin".

It's been a very long time since I've had anything worth writing about but something has come up and I thought maybe Erin's friends would like to know. It's a very long ... Read more

Michelle Roderick posted a new journal entry.

Happy 8th Birthday, baby girl. Mom misses you every single day. Read more

Michelle Roderick posted a new journal entry.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1083940664643.2015415.1410151964&type=1&l=3b2a806077 The first photo in this album (click the link above) is ... Read more

Michelle Roderick posted a new journal entry.

I remember during that first year when Erin died, many friends who had already lost their kids had told me the second year was harder than the first. I was like "Sure ... Read more

Michelle Roderick posted a new journal entry, "Happy Birthday, Erin!".

Happy Birthday, Erin! You are a big girl of 7 now. We know that Auntie is making you all the foods you love today, and that you will have a pink party for all your ... Read more

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