Strong San Diego Woman with Brain Cancer Fights Back {Guest Post}

brain cancerOn the Sunday before Thanksgiving last year, we received shocking news. My husband's sister, Melanie had a seizure in bed and was rushed to the emergency room. After a few tests, they found a tumor. In her brain. We were floored. As we scrambled to catch an airplane to San Diego, a hospital worker told her the kind of tumor she had. The prognosis? 18 months to live.

My husband and Melanie are only 18 months apart in age and are very good friends. As we drove to the airport in Seattle and took a flight to San Diego - we were devastated. To lose a loved one, at such a young age, is heart breaking. My husband barely spoke at all.

Thankfully, when we arrived and spent time in the hospital and met new doctors, we found out that she was misdiagnosed. She did not have that particular tumor. But it was brain cancer. Stage 2 Astrocitoma mixed Oligodendroglioma to be exact. This brain cancer has a 3-8 year life expectancy.
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After two brain surgeries and an experimental vaccination, we are hoping the tumor does not grow back. A recent PET Scan was done as a 6 month follow up and showed a "glob" and we are praying it is just scar tissue. With 4 children (3 of them under the age of 8) and a large family who loves her - we want her to live much longer than the 8 years.

My sister in law Melanie has stayed so strong during this time. Not even a year has passed but she joined a half marathon, bought an RV, traveled our country for 7 weeks, and just finished a walk for her brain cancer support group. She alone raised $4K for the walk. They have switched to an organic, vegan diet, and the improvement in their life spiritually, physically and as a family has been phenomenal.

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This is why I nominated my sister in law Melanie in the Yahoo! Women Who Shine contest. I nominated her in the survivor category. Because no matter what, she is a survivor. Even if brain cancer takes her one day - she is the ultimate survivor. Please take a moment of your time and vote for Melanie. You can vote one time per person, even if you voted for someone else in the contest you can still vote for her. (You must be logged in to Yahoo! to vote.)

brain cancerThis is a guest post by Seattle area family blogger, LaVonne, author and owner of Long Wait For Isabella.

7 comment(s) with love:

LaVonne @ Long Wait said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you for posting this Danielle. It looks great. I sure appreciate you and I hope your readers will take the time to vote. Off to share this post all over the web!

Melanie Kabo said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks so much for sharing my story! I just received word from my doctor and there is still some tumor left in my brain, so now to figure out what to do next. Thank you for all the votes too! I truly appreciate them and your taking the time.

Tiffany C. said... Reply To This Comment

To Melanie. I have no idea what you're going through. I can't relate at all. You're definitely an inspiration and I pray you and your doctors find a way to get rid of the rest of the tumor. My heart goes out to you and your family.

About A Mom said... Reply To This Comment

She sounds like such an inspiring person and very worth of the award. I pray that she soon gets a clean bill of health!

Jess and the boys said... Reply To This Comment

This is such an amazing and captivating story of this strong woman.. I will definitely be praying and I will definitely vote for her as well!

Amanda @ Frugal Greenish Mama said... Reply To This Comment

I love that despite what she was diagnosed with, she is not letting it stop her from living life. We have to make the most of each day.
I pray that she continue to have that amazing strength and for her family as well!

Lilac City Momma said... Reply To This Comment

You both are amazing women for sharing your sister in law's story! Good luck!!