On December 21, 2010 I was diagnosed with Pylomyxoid Astrocytoma
On Friday December 17, 2010 I had gone to the nurses office complaining of a horrible headache. During my short stay in the Nurses office paramedics were called and I was rushed to St. Josephs Hospital in Burbank by paramedics. I was given a CT Scan and the Doctors saw I had a ruptured vessel in the brain. I was then immediately transfered to Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles, PICU dept. It was there the doctors rushed to relieve swelling in my brain and ordered a STAT MRI. This was the time, my parents found out I had a mass in the brain. However, it was uncertain whether or not this mass was a blood clot or a tumor. After extensive testing and a long 5 days of waiting my parents receieved the news that this mass was indeed a tumor and my diagnosis was made.
My tumor was a very slow progressing tumor, which is why it was not detected until now. I was a healthy child and did not show any significant symptoms prior to this event. The good news is my tumor is a grade two tumor, and my Neuro-Oncologist Dr. Finlay, is sure with the right treatment and therapy this tumor will not return.