Paige: The Coles Notes of My Story

October 1, 2009 at 10:00 am 4 comments

Paige018Hi everyone, my name is Paige. In November 2006, I came down with what seemed like a nasty flu that I just couldn’t shake. On December 8, 2006 one of my eyes started to turn inward, so my family doctor made arrangements for me to be seen at BC Children’s Hospital.

Within just a few hours of arriving at Children’s, I had been examined by the Emergency physician, a neurologist, an ophthalmologist, and a neurosurgeon. I also underwent a series of blood tests, a CT Scan, and an MRI. Later that night, I was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumour in the third quadrant of my brain.

The following morning, I had my first surgery, a third ventriculostomy to improve the drainage of cerebral fluid in my brain and relieve the intense pressure. One week later, I had surgery to have a Vascular Access Device placed in my chest for chemo therapy.  When I left the hospital I had a full plan in place for Chemotherapy and radiation treatments to begin December 28th, 2006.

My cancer treatments consisted of a total of six surgeries, 6 months of chemotherapy, 30 sessions of radiation treatments to my brain and spine along with countless blood tests, CT Scans, and MRIs.  Now I see my Oncologist every six months for a follow-up. I also have blood work and an MRI every six months. I have regular appointments with an ophthalmologist, an endocrinologist, a kidney specialist and a doctor who monitors me for hearing damage.

I am glad to say that I am in remission, and living the life of a happy, grateful, 13 year old girl. Thanks to BC Children’s Hospital, their amazing doctors, nurses, and staff, and your donations, I am alive and well, thriving, and making plans for my future.

Please stay with me over the next couple of months so I can explain a little more about my journey through cancer and how your support is helping thousands of other children like me with their fights.

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  • 2. maggie hillyard  |  October 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    thank you paige for sharing your story:)

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  • 3. John Herron  |  October 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you Paige
    I’m certain that you will be a fine journalist and an excellent Sunshine Club Ambassador.

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  • 4. Paige  |  October 13, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you John and Maggie for the kind words and thank you so much for taking the time to read my story and sending me a note.

    Reply

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