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Rosemary’s Story

My name is Rosie and I am 9 years old. I was born on December 12, 2003 at Tarzana Med. Ctr. in CA. I am my mommys "Flower Child"

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. 

Latest Journal Update

Good times just keep getting better...

Just a positive thought to add to the day, Rosie is great! She is making such great progress, and overcoming so much. She is currently attending Outdoor Science School, and has just added a new achievement to her great list. She was able to finish a long hike with her group. She was so proud of herself and we were too! She struggled to find the courage to begin but in the end she was the proudest soul around. Congratulations Rosie for your excellent commitment and achievement! Way to stick with it! :-)