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*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.
Well, it’s been over 5 months since our last post and a lot has happened in that time. On January 4th Noelle had an MRI and oncology appointment which showed that treatment was continuing to work, and because those good results, Noelle’s final chemo was taken on Friday January 14th, after a year and half of treatment, this was welcomed news. Noelle had a Zoom party with her close friends from around the world to celebrate this momentous occasion. It was extra special that Noelle’s sister Olivia was also able to be with us to celebrate.
Noelle had her first post chemo MRI and oncology appointment March 1st. and Dr Trusheim was very pleased with how well Noelle’s body responded to treatment and has deemed her to be in remission. She has now moved into the monitoring phase of her care and will now have scans every 3 months and do monthly blood work instead of weekly. She will also be getting a new oncologist as Dr Trusheim is retiring in early summer.
Noelle’s body continues to recover from all that it been through and it may take awhile for her to fully feel like herself, but we are beyond grateful for her good results.
We are also eternally grateful for all of your faithful prayers and support throughout these last couple of years. Please continue to pray for strength and stamina as Noelle continues to heal from what treatment has done.