Last week Angie finished her 4th round of radiation and chemotherapy to treat her brain tumors. Yes, I said tumors. On March 21st Angie found out the tumor had spread into the brain stem. On March 23rd she urgently started her 4th round of chemo and radiation, this time targeting the new tumor on brain stem.
4/14 was her last radiation treatment and a follow up MRI was scheduled for 5/5. The previous rounds of radiation caused complete vision loss in her left eye. On Friday night (4/21), Angie’s vision was completely gone. Saturday, Sunday and Monday came with additional changes in her ability to process thoughts and communicate effectively. Angie also started showing deterioration of her fine motor skills and begin growing increasingly tired.
On Tuesday (4/25) Eric and Mike brought her to the ER at Abbott where an emergent MRI was done. The MRI revealed major irreversible damage to the front part of her brain and brain stem. Angie is growing increasingly tired due to the swelling in her brain stem. She is struggling to communicate and process information due to the deterioration in the front part of her brain.But she is comfortable and not experiencing any pain.
There is nothing more the doctors can do to prevent the effects of the cancer and deterioration from getting worse at this point. Since Angie cannot fight any longer, she was admitted into hospice on 4/28 and moved to a residential hospice house. The doctors expect Angie to pass in her sleep within a short time.
My sister, your friend, family member, daughter, mother and wife fought her cancer, which she nicknamed "Murphy" to the very end. The fight was never about her and always about you! Every day Angie said, "I will do whatever I need to do to have more time with my children and husband". Even now, her family is the only thing that matters. She stayed positive through out and I don’t recall hearing a complaint about her battle. “It just is what it is” and "I don't have time to die" are the quotes that stick with me most.
Keep Angie, Hayden, Jenna and Eric in your prayers! Especially the kids!
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