Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Just Awful News

There’s really no way to sugarcoat this.  Isabella’s doctors believe that she has recurrent tumor in the thalamus area of the brain.  This area is considered to be inoperable.  Her doctor said that treating this will be very difficult because these are the cancer cells that survived the chemotherapy and radiation the first time around.

The hardest part of this is watching Isabella, who continues to function as a normal six year old girl.  Just from looking at her, you wouldn’t think that there was anything wrong with her.

Although Julianne and I have been hit pretty hard with the news, we’re not ready to throw in the towel yet, no matter how bleak it looks.  Ever since Isabella was first diagnosed, Julianne kept up with all the latest research and studies on brain cancer, knowing the high likelihood of recurrence.  When Isabella was showing clear scans, time was on our side and we were hoping that some research out there would find an ultimate cure.  But now, time is against us as we scramble to find a miracle.

So what are we doing now?  We’ve sent her scans and medical history out for second opinions to some of the country’s leading authorities on pediatric brain cancer.  We are looking at all types of treatment, whether it be surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, spiritual, homeopathy or a combination of all the above.  Since time is against us, we don’t have the luxury of trying one thing and seeing if that works, then trying the next thing. 


  1. http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/about/news/release/2004/3-brain-tumors.htm

  2. prayers are with you always!
    that link above looks promising, and this is the man behind it:

  3. Ever since I heard the news I think of Isabella and prayer for her and for your family. My thoughts are with you.

  4. We're praying for Isabella and your whole family.


  5. Prayers for not just Isabella but also for you and Julieanne as well.
    Matthew Perry


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