In July of this year mom was diagnosed with brain tumors of unknown origin. She was put on a steroid to help with the swelling and believing the tumors were metastasis, appointments for many tests to find the origin began. All the tests came back negative for cancer anywhere in her body beside the tumors in the brain.
Mom was then referred to Neurosurgeon, Dr. Jerone Kennedy in St. Cloud. He adviced that in order to treat, we must know what it is and scheduled a brain biopsy. At this time, mom is still on the steroids and is feeling better. Cognitive issues are improving and her walking is better. On the day of the scheduled biopsy, another MRI is performed to help guide the surgeon to the tumor. This MRI revealed the tumors shrunk considerably and the biopsy could not be done. Wonderful news right??!! You would think. However, even though the tumors shrunk and she was feeling better, they were still there and spreading and we still didn’t have answers.
At this time mom was removed from the steroids and would wait for three weeks for the next MRI and biopsy.
During these three weeks mom got really sick. The wonderful steroids that helped her feel better in the long run did some damage to her body. With a perforated bowel, turning into sepsis and an abscess in her abdomen, she was very sick and in the hospital for three weeks.
Mom improved and we were able to schedule the new MRI and consult with Dr. Kennedy. Bad news the tumors are still there. Good news is they found a closer target so it would be easier to biopsy.
Two weeks ago mom had her biopsy and it took a week to get the results. Mom has Primary CNS (central nervous system) Lymphoma. We met with the oncologist yesterday and have gone over the treatment plan. Every two weeks mom will be admitted to the hospital for the first part of her treatment. This will be a three to four day stay. When she is released, she will come home and then begin a five day regimen of chemo. This process will repeat every two weeks for one year 😪
This is going to be an fight but I know mom has it in her to get through this. I know that prayers will help and ask to please pray for her strength and recovery.
Mom’s first treatment begins Friday. I will keep you all posted.