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Tatum’s Story

On Wednesday February 8 2012 Tatum woke up with a sore eye after treating her eye for for what we thoughtwas a eye infection for two days, the redness cleared Lisa(Tatum’s mom) noticedblood in the center of her eye. We brought her down to see the local eye doctorin Morris MN who sent us right to St. Cloud MN after 2 appt's we were sent tothe U of M Eye Specialist were she was seeing Dr Steven Kaufman. From February to October we would be seen here once sometimes twice a week to control pressure in her eye and to test to find answers. Over the 9 months we seen multiple specialists at the U of M and Mayo clinic we had 3 A/C Taps that take fluid out of her eye to test for many things including Cancer with no answers.Tatum was put on multiple drops and meds to try to fix her developing glaucoma which was making her pressure rise and there is a film developing on the insideof her cornea that is making it harder to see thru.

On October 23 Tatum's pressure was rising and her eye stopped responding to the meds so after a meeting withall her Dr's they sent us over to the MN Lions Children's Eye Clinic to see a tumor specialist. On Friday October 26 we had our Apt. with Dr Jill Anderson a pediatric eye and tumor specialist this will be a day we never forget the day that changed our lives! After a long day of MRI's CT scans and putting her under to get a better look and pics of her eye the look on her face when she came in the room told us everything! What she found and showed us was a large tumor on Tatum's Iris (the colored part of your eye) that she said we needed to go to one of 2 places Bascom Palmer in Miami or Wills Eye in Philadelphia. After a conference call on Saturday they decided to send us to Wills Eye in Philadelphia and wanted us there as soon as possible. We were delayed a week due to hurricane Sandy but made the trip the following week. For a week they did everytest they had and after a biopsy of the Tumor we were told the ugly truth RETINOBLASTOMA EYE CANCER!

 After many tears shed The AMAZING Dr's at Wills Eye Dr Carol Shields and her team and the AMAZING Dr Ann Leahey Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and her team gave us a plan that we would put in place to save her eye and her life!!!!

  We are currently done with Radiation and are going thru Chemo Tatum's last round is in May of 2013! Westill have a long road but with our Awesome Dr's we know we will beat this evil monster! We have to go back to Philly every three months for at least the next2 years to make sure the tumor don't come back! With the support of our familyand friends and the help of God we will be CANCER FREE!  

Latest Journal Update

Follow up

Tatums checkup with Doctor Tipperman went good the lens looks great. He said the healing has started and is confidant as long as she takes it easy it will be perfect. He checked her vision today it is a lot better she was able to see letters she hasn't read in over a year, but it will take a bit of healing to know what Tatum will have in the end. She does have some fiber displatia I know I butchered that but it comes when a cataract is developed in young kids and trauma which tate has both checks against her, it is a kinda haze outside of the new lens that may creep in as it heals however he said there are procedures they can do to help that if it develops. We are on schedule with going to see dr Anderson in April we bumped it up a bit just to play it safe. We are very excited to start this new road and adventure. Tate has little soreness in her eye and keeps it closed. Thanks to you all we are very thankful for you all and Tate enjoys reading all of your kind messages to us. We are ready to come home staying in this crazy city for a week is just to crazy!!!

God Bless

The Libbesmeier's
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Susan Flogstad
By Susan Flogstad
So happy for Tatum & the family! Keep on healing!
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Molly Kramer
By Molly Paul
Yay Tatum!! So proud of you! 💗💗
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Tanya Kellen
By Tanya Kellen
Such great news!!!! Can't wait to see that smiling face! Have a safe trip home!!! Girls have missed seeing you in school :)
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deanna scheeler
By deanna scheeler
So happy for such a good report! Safe travels back to MN
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Kim Anderson
By Kim Anderson
Great news Libbesmeier's! So happy for all of you, especially Tatum! Have safe trip home!
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carol richards
By carol richards
Our prayers will keep going up for all of you !!!!
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Alicia Bertram
By Adam& Alicia
What amazing news! We are all thinking of and paying for Tatum and your trip out there. God is great!
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Julieann Froemke
By Bud & Julieann Froemke Wheaton MN
Just awesome!! So thankful for this good follow-up report!!
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