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In January 2016 we had our pediatrician look at Maya's left eye as we had noticed it drifted off. Our pediatrician sent us to an eye specialist and at that time Maya was diagnosed with Amblyopia (lazy eye) and we were told if we treated it we could reverse the damage. Maya could not see very well in her left eye so we were instructed to patch her good eye for 4 hours a day and come back in 6 months to re-examine. Over the course of 2016 we continued to patch her right eye and did have some improvement, but during her check up January 2017 the Dr. noticed her left optic nerve looked short than her right. So she wanted a 2nd opinion. We received a 2nd opinion and it was decided that her optic nerve did look shorter, but would need an MRI to see a better picture. On 4/4/2017 we went to Vandy to have the MRI. Maya had to be sedated and it was a very emotional and scary day for Maya as she didn't understand. Once the MRI was over we went back to be with her and were told to wait for the Dr. to come in to discuss the results. About 30 minutes later our Eye specialist called us and told us that the MRI showed a mass on her optic nerve and that we would need to see a nuero and oncologist the following day. This was the moment our lives changed...... The following day we met with the oncologist and he told us her mass (tumor) was most likely an optic nerve glioma. We would biopsy to find out for sure. He explained the procedure and told us it would be the following week. The vandy tumor board met and agreed a biopsy would be the next step. Originally they said they would go in through the top of her head and she would have some scarring. But after meeting with the ENT surgeon and neurosurgeon, they felt they could get to the tumor by going through her nose. So after blood work and a full day of appointments the following week, they scheduled surgery for 4/21, 2 days before her 5th birthday. At first I said no way, we are not allowing this to get in the way of her day - but the options weren't that great and they wanted to do it soon. So surgery is set for 4/21 at 11 am. Will update this site as we go through this process. Your prayers, love, and friendship mean the world to us!
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