Thursday, March 13, 2014

Delaney fights on...

The past 3 days have been very busy for Delaney, Mommy and Daddy. Delaney had her MRI on Monday, yesterday an appointment with the radio oncologist and today she had an appointment with her neuro oncologist. Although her MRI scan came back all clear, and everyone is relieved and excited. Delaney will still have radiation. Again radiation has come strongly recommended from 3 different and separate sources, this is because radiation is very effective at eliminating any cancer cells that may be left behind that chemotherapy did not get. Delaney will not get much of a break as we had hoped, instead she will have to buckle up, and fiercely push forward for yet another 5 1/2 weeks of radiation 5 days a week just over 25 radiation sessions. She will be sedated each time. There is possible start date for March 24th a little over a week away. The focal radiation she will receive will be only at the original tumor site, on the cerebellum and she will not have full brain and spin radiation as this would have far more and drastic side effects that no one wants. The immediate side effect for Delaney will be fatigue, headache, nausea, swelling at radiation site, radiation burns, and diminished hearing. There is a chance that her hair may not grow back at all at the site of radiation. Cognitively she will not be effected because it is focal to the site of the tumor and she will be able to live a full independent life. Which is a big relief for Mommy and Daddy. On Fierce Friday, Delaney will be sedated, receive a CAT scan to pair up with the MRI, and a mold for her head so she will not be able to move by accident when under sedation and receiving radiation. Delaney is doing amazing, happy, full of energy, fierce and yet still recovering. We have and will continue to enjoy this time together as a family before Delaney's final push down the home stretch completing her treatment. But the unimaginable whirl wind of feelings and emotions are building for Mommy and Daddy as we head in disbelief for more treatment. But as well all have witnessed, Delaney is Fierce, rising to conquer each challenge. Thank you for all the prayers, love and support. As always..... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!!

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

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