Sean Quinlan

First post: Jan 1, 2022 Latest post: Apr 12, 2023
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12/31/21- Sean was diagnosed with an aggressive tumor in his skull (which had also started to affect the brain lining and tissue) on 12/11/21.   He underwent surgery to remove the tumor on 12/14/21.    The tumor grew incredibly quickly once Sean felt a slight bump on his head around Thanksgiving and was over 4cm large when it was removed.  The tumor was named “Entremetido “ by his mother as it was someplace it had no business being!

There was a sense of urgency by all the doctors who saw Sean to remove this tumor quickly due to it’s aggressive nature. Sean had only one request for his surgery team-he wanted to take his tumor home!  He got a hard “No”  every time he asked (which was often), but they did take a picture of it for him during surgery.  His team felt that was the least that they could do😁,especially since Sean was mourning the loss of  some of his long locks which had taken him forever to grow!  Sean will happily share this photo with anyone who wants to see it😊

Although the tumor was removed, there were some
 cancerous cells left  in his skull which will require treatment.   A full body scan revealed no other tumors or masses at this time, however pathology did reveal a cancer in his system.  Sean has been referred to MD Anderson, and we hope he will be seen in early January.   They have received all of his tests results, pathology reports and tissue samples taken by St. David’s, where he was hospitalized.  There has been an initial diagnosis made as to the type of cancer; however, we are waiting for MD Anderson to confirm this diagnosis before we share it.    

Words cannot express how grateful Sean, Rich and I are for the love, prayers and support we have received from family and friends.   Prayers and support  for Sean were sent from Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, California , Puerto Rico and of course from his Ohana  in Hawaii.
The Hellman family visited Sean throughout his hospital stay (Art can talk his way into anywhere!), and provided the laughs that were needed at that time. Art and the boy’s sense of humor matches Seans!

 Additionally, friends in Texas and Rich’s office, WCAD, Lou’s work, Hutto ISD, and Sean’s workplace, Speakeasy,  were incredible  in helping out with meals, gift cards, blankets for Sean (Cristina Kurth made a blanket for him that he used his entire hospital stay), and helping take care of our pets (you’re the best Gwendolyn!). Sean also got get well treats from Auntie Benny, who has also had prayer candles burning since he was diagnosed with the tumor and will keep them lit until Sean recovers. Auntie Luisa also sent Seans favorite Hawaii treats and T-shirts to keep his spirits up😋

Sean was truly overwhelmed by the generosity you all have shown. He also knows that even though he may have a difficult road to travel, he will never be alone because he has all of you to walk this road with him. 

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