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Lovell, Erin

Lovell, Erin

Lovell, Erin

Erin Lovell Seven-year Brain Tumour Survivor

This hat belongs to my 28 year old daughter, Erin Lovell. On October 7, 2003, Erin was diagnosed with a large, inoperable brain tumour, located in the left frontal loge. On October 21, 2003, she had a biopsy of the tumour, which revealed that it was an oligodendroglioma grade 2. Erin decided that she needed another opinion on whether surgery on the tumour was possible. Dr. R. Del Maestro at the Montreal Neurological Institute was able to do a total gross resection of the tumour in an 11 hour awake operation.

In 2006 Erin had a small recurrence of the tumour, and decided to go on chemotherapy. She was on Temozolomide for a year, and during that year the tumour remained stable. Also during that year, Erin graduated from college as a Child & Youth Worker. The tumour remained stable until December 2008, when Erin had a grand mal seizure, her first. Her MRI demonstrated that the tumour had enlarged. On January 27th 2009 Erin had another total gross resection of the tumour done by Dr. R. Del Maestro at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Pathology reports revealed that the tumour was still an oligodendroglioma grade 2. Erin was on chemotherapy for another whole year, during which time there was no tumour growth. Also during this time, Erin returned to work as a Child & Youth Worker, and resumed living her life as before.

At the end of July 2010, only 3 months after discontinuing Temozolomide, Erin discovered the tumour had grown again. Again she traveled to Montreal, where Dr. R. Del Maestro was able to do another total gross resection of the tumour on September 13th 2010. Erin is recuperating well, but we don’t know the pathology of the tumour yet. She will soon start chemotherapy again, and possibly radiation therapy also.

We are thankful to the many people that have helped Erin along the way, especially Dr. R. Del Maestro and his wife Pam and Dr. C. Watling and the staff at LRCC. We are very grateful to our friends and family members who have helped and supported us with their love and prayers and other kindnesses over the past 7 years. We are very proud of Erin and inspired by her strength and courage.

- Kathy Colledge, proud mother of Erin Lovell



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