Aspen Riddle

First post: May 10, 2018 Latest post: Jun 25, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. 

On April 9th, Aspen's and our lives were changed forever. After many scans and test we finally have some answers and the beginning of what will be a very long hard road. 

Aspen has been diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. The tumor is growing in her right elbow and will need to be treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.  She also has 2 nodules on her left lung that will be removed in the next couple of weeks. At that time the doctors will do a thoracoscopy to take care of those, a bone marrow biopsy and put a port in. The bone marrow biopsy will confirm both issues and let us know if we are dealing with one or two different cancers.  

In the beginning her doctor was worried that he may not be able to remove the tumor and save her arm.  We got some good news today though! Because Ewings responds so well to chemo, he believes that it will shrink enough to be removed. He did say that she may not have full use of her elbow but her shoulder and hand should be fine. The expected treatment plan will last about 42 weeks and will be very hard on her body. We have 100% faith in Dr. Reimer, Dr. Pickens and the entire Emory team to get Aspen well and cancer free. At this time she does not have insurance. Emory offers a program called Charity Care that will cover all of her clinical, surgical and chemotherapy care.  She has been been accepted and for that we have been truly blessed. 

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