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Georgia’s Story

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My name is Georgia, I am 7yrs of age. I was diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma on the 15th June 2008.

Just beore leaving for school Georgia shouted "mum I can see two of everything out of my eye"  Georgia could see two of everything out of her left eye. She was not dizzy, or ill. 

"We will call into the optometrist and get them to have a quick look at your eye beore you go to school."

Georgia loves playing Australian Football and plays with a mixed team for the Sharks. She played on the Sunday then complained of double vision out her left eye the next day. I thought she must have had a knock to the head as it can be a full on game even at this age. Off we went to see the optometrist. Not a thing was seen so we booked an appointment with our G.P. We could not get into the GP until the end of the week,  I was uneasy with that. 
 Fortunatley that evening I went to work, I am a nurse in the operating room. I was in he theatre where the neurosurgeon was working. We had a chat. Her face said it all. "Dont leave that Maggie" she said and she arranged for me to see an opthamolist the next day. Still nothing was seen but the opthalmologist booked an MRI for the next day. By this time I was not worried as there was no evidence that anything was wrong and nobody else seemed worried and the majority of brain tumours you have idea of before the MRI and we had nothing to suggest any problems.
During the MRI I new something was wrong. Lots of people kept coming and going and we were in their for nearly one and a half hours. Georgia did so well to stay in the scanner for that length of time. When we came out of the MRI machine,  the radiologist said you need to go straight back to the opthlamologist I have seen something. I did not ask I just picked up the MRI scans and walked out. I never looked at the MRI I just left it in the packet. Georgia asked me what we were doing as she was keen to get back to school I just looked at her so innocent, no idea of the impending doom we had to face. I was numb and not sure if I could get to the opthamologist clinic. I felt ill and confused.  Deep down I new it was bad.
 Driving around for ages not knowing where or what I was doing. My husband and the Dr were getting very worried about Georgia and I.  We eventually made it to the Drs rooms, where he told us the news. We were devastated our daughter a brain tumour you must be wrong. Its something you read about in magazines that cant be right. "Where is it I asked," in the Pons was the reply from the Dr.  I new this would be a nightmare "what!"  I screamed "are you sure?  it cant be." " Its a bloody disaster in the Pons " I shouted. Its in the worst area you can get one. I immediatley began to feel sick,  cry,  and make lots of quiet screaming noises as our daughter was playing with toys in the waiting room outside the door.   I didnt want her to hear me. We were in total shock. My husband was pale and numb and said nothing, just in total shock.  It took our family many weeks to get to grips with this diagnosis.  The more we searched for medical miracles the more we realized we need that miracle.  DIPG is the worst tumour you can ever imagine. Sitting there happily in the brain stem vertually untouchable. At the moment we are symtom free as Georgia ended her treatment 4th Sept. She endured 6 wks of radiation treatment with a sensitising agent to make the radiaition more effective.   We read many of the other DIPG stories on the caringbridge website and we are aware of what can happen to our daughter and our family.
 Georgia has a 10yr old brother called Aaron who is a quiet boy but Aaron and Georgia play with each other constantley.  He has an idea things are going to be hard.  The other day he said "Georiga is a good sister, she is going to be okay mum isnt she?" " Georgia isnt going to die is she?"  I stood their in disbeleif and said  " We dont know whats going to happen  darling but we are all going to do our best for Georgia. "

Thats our story. Please leave messages if you need to.

Maggie&Richard

 

 

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The amazing gift from Georgia is at last I can see what I need to be doing. I am going to get involved with helping other families with managing to live those first 12 months..... Georgia has opened my eyes so much. 
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jan mcmanus
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Good to hear from you and yo know that you are able to channel you experience and knowledge in such a positive way-helping others-I know Georgia is proud-blessings from s. C.
Maggie Marshall
By Maggie Marshall
great to now you are still out there. Hoe you are well.

Maggie
Joan Gillespie
By Joan Gillespie
What a help you will be to other families feeling grief from the loss of a dear one. Thankful Georgia had inspired you. And it is always good to read your posts. Due to FB so many of our CB friends do not post. i miss them.