I'm Still Standing | Pearce Quesenberry

August 5, 2014 10:36 PM

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I'm still standing... six years ago I underwent brain surgery to remove a large, lemon sized, malignant tumor from my brain. Six years ago I received 31 rounds of intensive radiation to my entire head and spine. Six years ago I lived inpatient at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and fought for my life while I received an experimental dose of chemotherapy drugs. Six years ago I was a 10-year-old girl fighting for my life. Today I am a 17-year-old entering my senior year in high school. It has been a grueling six years on not only me, but my family and friends as well. I'm proud to say that today I'm still standing. When diagnosed with Medulloblastoma brain cancer that spread into my spine, my future did not look as bright as it has become today. My family and I were informed of learning challenges, speech difficulties and problems completing everyday tasks that I could face after brain surgery. Doctors were not even positive if I would be able to walk again. The brain is not an organ to take lightly. However, cancer is cruel and destructive and it does not care what damage it causes.

After brain surgery, I proceeded in my experimental treatment with Chemotherapy and radiation. Thankfully, these treatments worked and they saved my life, but that didn't come without a cost. Pokes, pricks, nausea, lack of energy, weight loss, hair loss, feeding tubes, port placements, infections an...

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