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Bacon, Sterling

Bacon, Sterling

Bacon, Sterling

When our busy, energetic 2 yr old began vomiting daily beginning May 2008, we weren’t overly concerned & were reassured when our Dr. suspected a “tummy bug” that would need a week or so to work through his system. Three weeks later, after becoming increasingly more lethargic & no longer able to walk a CT showed a large mass at the base of his brain.

On May 22 our wonderful surgeon and group of Dr’s removed as much as they could of a grade 3 Ependymoma tumour from his brain stem.
After 10 weeks in the hospital (8 in the PICU), and numerous complications (cerebral fluid leak, various infections, meningitis, breathing trouble) & several more small surgeries (5 external drain changes, and finally a VP shunt) we were able to go home for 4 wonderful weeks (Sterling was still unable to swallow or walk and required oxygen).
During that time this was the hat sterling wore. We were able to spend 2 days on our family camping trip-great times-great memories.
We have been back in the hospital since September, with pneumonia, another major surgery to remove more tumour and additional complications, waiting for radiation to begin and praying for the miracle Sterling will need.
Our family, our lives and our perspective have changed forever. We live in the present, not looking too far back or ahead, treasuring every moment of today.
October 2008

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