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4/27/2016 Latest post:
Colin is 3 and was diagnosed with a brain tumor on March 17, 2016. We only noticed the tumor thanks to a truly diligent pediatrician. Towards the end of February, Colin began vomiting often and having problems keeping his balance. The general consensus was that he only had a stomach bug. But then Christina noticed that his pupils were dilating differently. Our doctor managed to pull some strings to get him to an MRI. That means we've caught the tumor early, but there's still a tough fight ahead of us. He had his biopsy on March 23 and we learned on March 30 that his tumor - which lies directly in the brain stem - is a rare, "embryonic" tumor. He began his first round of chemotherapy on April 2 and received a total of nine rounds in three-week increments during 2016, along with proton radiation therapy. The tumor is responding well and he has now switched to a regimen of oral chemo designed to make sure any stray bits of the tumor missed with last year's therapy don't get a chance to regroup. What you need to know about Colin: He's got a stubborn streak a mile wide, would be willing to engage in light larceny if it meant more time to watch Curious George and is still not convinced that eating the bread is a necessary part of consuming a sandwich. - Niels