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8/9/2016 Latest post:
Tiffani and Patrick want to welcome you to our CaringBridge site for our 8 month old daughter Gena. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
Our daughter, Gena, was diagnosed with liver cancer on Thursday August 4, 2016. Gena started running a fever about a week and a half before she was diagnosed. Since the only symptom that she had was a slight fever, her pediatrician (along with us) believed it to be a summer virus. Her fever went away a few days later, but eventually returned. A few days later we brought her to the emergency room because when the fever returned she was also very pale, wouldn't eat, and her stomach felt hard. That night, during an ultrasound, they discovered a mass on her liver. Three days later she was having a biopsy, and three days after that she was officially diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her liver. In less a week and a half she went from a baby with a summer virus to a baby battling pediatric cancer. Prior to this, she had never been sick a day in her life, not even a cold.
The biggest struggle so far is that the tumor has a tendency to bleed into her abdomen. That is what made her stomach hard and alerted us to the tumor in the first place. Following the biopsy, the tumor started to bleed again which required additional procedures to stop the bleeding. She has been getting constant blood tests to make sure that any additional bleeding is discovered before it causes serious problems. As of right now she is stable and her doctors believe that she is at a very low risk of the bleeding returning.
She has started her chemotherapy treatments, and we are hopeful they will shrink the tumor enough so that it can be surgically removed.