Noelle’s Story

Site created on May 26, 2020

Thank you for visiting Noelle's CaringBridge site. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. 

*Noelle and her husband Elijah have been in Minnesota since February 3rd, instead of their usual home in Qingdao, Shangdong, China due to COVID-19.

While here in America Noelle wanted to see a doctor to address some ongoing medical issues she’d been dealing with.  A  few of those things have been episodes of almost a dejá vu panic attack, as well as extreme head rushes.  After coming to America she then started experiencing pain and discomfort in her right ear. It was through the investigation of her doctors into her ear problems that lead to the discovery of her tumor. 
On May 22, she had an appointment with an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat)  to look into the issue with her right ear. The doctor decided to have a CT scan. The tech noticed something on her first scan and took another image with a bigger view. Later that evening the on-call ENT called and informed Noelle that she had a 7cm mass on her brain and told her to go to the hospital right away for an MRI and to see a specialist.  The MRI was done that evening and confirmed what was found on the CT scan.  Friday morning she met her Neurologist and they discussed meeting with him further to talk about surgery. 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Amy Johnson

It’s been a couple of months since we’ve given an update, so we wanted to let all of you know what’s going on. 
Noelle has had two more cycles of chemo since our last post and in typical fashion it was not without a couple of hiccups. Cycle 4 was delayed one week due to platelets being low and then another week due to Noelle’s prescription insurance changing. 
Because of the change in her insurance she is with a different specialty pharmacy and they use the generic version of her chemo. This slight change has caused Noelle to get extremely sick the first night of her chemo week and then feel pretty much fine just tired the rest of the week. In talking to her oncologist we think we have figured out a solution, we’ll see what happens this coming Monday. 
Noelle had an MRI and oncology appointment on March 9th. When her doctor walked into the room he informed us that her scans were “boring” and that he liked to be bored.  This is in fact a really good thing, because that means that her tumor is not showing any signs of growing. Noelle’s type of tumor is an infiltrating tumor so it naturally wants to grow and spread, so by not seeing any changes over the last several months means that her chemo is working at killing off the remaining tumor. YAY!!!!!!  She still is scheduled to complete 7 more cycles but it’s very encouraging to see her progress so far. 
As a family we are so very grateful for all of the love and encouragement you have given us and we ask that you continue to pray for good progress in Noelle’s fight against cancer. You are all such an amazing blessing to us. 
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