Diagnosis & Treatment

Brain Cancer
Medical Center
St. Agnes Medical Center - Fresno CA (surgery), cCare - Fresno CA (radiation), Valley Children's Hospital - Madera CA (chemotherapy)
Dr. David Koster
Clinical Trials
Medical Treatment
Details of Treatment
Months of chemotherapy and radiation
Medication During Treatment
Alternative Therapies During Treatment
I learned the importance of health and to be thankful everyday you are alive. Cancer made me realize family and your health are really all that matters.
Multivitamin, fish oil
WHAt helped me during treatment
Medical marijuana was the only thing that helped with the pain and nausea. I wouldn't have gotten through my treatment without it.
Favorite Quote
You are special. Anyone that can't see that is an idiot! - David Seymour
Advice for Others
I was left blind and in a wheelchair at age 17, with the doctors saying my lifespan would only be until age 21. I was told I'd never walk again - I'm 37 now and can see and walk. Never give up and know that you are special. This is the ultimate test - so anytime you're feeling down just remember there are people that have it worse. Be thankful you are alive and keep fighting.

My Story

At age 17, my senior year of highschool, I got very sick. I was ditching school to go home and sleep. I was extremely tired all the time and got a lot of headaches and nausea

I had emergency brain surgery -a craniotomy - that left me blind and in a wheelchair. The doctors said I would only live until 21. I then started chemotherapy and radiation to my brain. While everyone else my age was getting ready for college I was busy trying not to die. I was sicker than I could have ever imagined or even thought was possible, but my family had my back. My treatment was at a children's hospital and I would have to stay there for weeks at a time. My mom, who is a special education teacher, would stay at the hospital with me and sleep on a little tiny couch so I didn't have to be alone. My hair was falling out and the doctors had me on steroids, not the good kind that built muscle the type that made me all fat and bloated.

I was an athlete growing up and I hated being fat, bald, and in a wheelchair not able to walk, so I started doing exercises everyday even though I was extremely weak, tired, and sick. I'd also have to have a bucket near me as I'd have to throw up multiple times an hour. It took me about 6 months but eventually I got out of that wheelchair. I hated and worked my way up to a walker. I kept my exercises up as I still hated the walker. It took a couple of years but eventually I was finally able to work up to a cane. A cane wasn't very typical for someone my age, but it was better than being in wheelchair.

As of right now I am 37 years old and have undergone well over 100 procedures and just had my 22nd surgery, but I can see and walk. I will never give up. The way I see life is everyday I get up it's a good day. I realized no matter how sick or shitty I feel, life and the world doesn't stop, so I try and be as busy and active as I can.

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