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       "Have a bright sunshiny yellow day!"

                                Krisanna Roberts

On May 26, 2009, 14 year old Krisanna celebrated graduation:  an MRI showed that the tumor bed remained stable following a 2004 gamma knife procedure on her third brain tumor, so she graduated to annual check-ups at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

 

Merely two weeks later, an MRI revealed that a tumor at the base of her spine was the source of pain she had been experiencing for a month as sixth grade wound down and the promise of summer beckoned.  She returned to Memphis for the summer.

 

For eleven years Krisanna Roberts battled an aggressive brain tumor called an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor.  She was St. Jude’s longest surviving AT/RT patient. The tumor first presented in the brain and returned twice following initial occurrence and treatment.  The fourth occurrence was the first time the tumor had presented in the spine.

 

Krisanna’s spirit and determination soared as she began what she called her “summer vacation at her home away from home” at Target House.  Arts and crafts was the name of the game ... and assigning each day a color unveiled the infinite spectrum of yellow for this pink and purple-loving princess.  In August, she returned home to Mobile, Alabama with big plans for seventh grade. 

On Septermber 1, Krisanna's spine scan showed that radiation had not reduced the tumor.  Hoping that long-term effects would reduce the size, Krisanna returned to school.  However, by the 3rd week of September, daily headaches, nausea, and emesis limited her activities.  By mid-October, she was in constant pain, eating little, and often dehydrated which home hospital visits helped only minimally.  We returned to St. Jude October 26 for a brain scan.

Shockingly, the scan revealed that the tumor had returned with a vengeance.  It covered her brain, and there were no medical options left.  Krisanna, however, didn't give up. She still had a lot of living to do!  With her Pollyanna spirit, she made big plans and celebrated every single day -- even the last in her hospital bed. She died in her "home away from home" on November 4, 2009.

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Laura Roberts posted a new journal entry, "HAPpy BIRthday! (hear Frosty, the Snowman)".

Happy birthday sweet girl!  We are living in yellow all month long!  Miss Meridy and her Yellow Team have left the flags up to remind everyone that living in yellow is ... Read more

Laura Roberts added a new photo.

Laura Roberts added a new photo.

Meridy Jones signed Krisanna's Guestbook.

Yellow, yellow, yellow...there is an excitement in the air! Krisanna's spirit is shining through the halls, the cafeteria and outside this week at school. I am with you- ... Read more

Sarah DiGerolamo signed Krisanna's Guestbook.

I am thinking of you and Yellow Week!! I love the flowers. I know they brought a smile to your face… thinking of all of you and your ... Read more

Laura Roberts posted a new journal entry, "Talk to someone new.....".

Day 2 of Yellow Week was "Talk to someone new" day.    I talked to 1500 lower school precious ones today.  Well, okay - not really 1500, but it sure ... Read more

Laura Roberts added a new photo.

Laura Roberts posted a new journal entry, "It was all yellow.....".

Today was the first day of Yellow Week - and it was grand!  You can see in the main photo that Bully stopped by Miss Meridy's house to give her a high paw-five.  ... Read more

Laura Roberts added a new photo.

Laura Roberts posted a new journal entry.

Yes. YES!  It's that time again ... bright sunshiny yellow birthday month!Next week is Yellow Week at school. Krisanna's friend Miss Meridy is spearheading ... Read more

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