My name is Stephanie, and I'm 23 years old. In the Spring of 2014, I was socializing with friends when I suddenly wasn't able to understand any words. As a Neuroscience student, this concerned me and I scheduled a doctor’s appointment. The doctor immediately ordered an MRI and the results showed a mass in my brain. My first craniotomy was performed in August 2014.
In a follow up MRI, it was confirmed that the tumor had already increased in size. A second surgery was performed in October 2015. The surgical result looked much better than the first, but unfortunately has become a more serious diagnosis of Glioblastoma (GBM), which is a Grade IV. It's extremely aggressive and even though most was removed, it finds its way back; it mutates, and grows. Because of this, I underwent radiation in November and December.
I'm an optimistic fighter and know God is in charge. After this began, things happened that I never expected. I feel as though the Lord is sovereign in ways that are strange to us sometimes. Anyway, I'm determined to keep moving on in every way.
I'm currently in Texas doing unconventional treatments requiring particular medications that aren't covered by insurance. Since I'll be taking the medication for about eight months, it'll be extremely expensive.
I intend to go forward in my studies, researching neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, like my own, so that I can learn more about diseases affecting us or someone we know.
I truly appreciate all the love, prayers, and support I've been receiving! Thanks again.