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Sarah was thirteen years old and in grade 8 when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in December 2006. Prior to this diagnosis, she was a grade A student, extremely active and captain of her volleyball team. Sarah had started to feel unwell a few weeks before (around November 11th) with a stiff neck and some nausea that went away after the first doctor gave her medication for stomach acid. We went to our family doctor twice, the local clinic once and to the hospital on December 4th where we insisted on seeing a pediatrician. We were told that the problems Sarah was having were due to an ear infection. We saw our new pediatrician two days later on December 6th; this was our 5th medical visit. We are forever grateful to our pediatrician for her diligent work in getting Sarah diagnosed and the excellent care she has provided Sarah with. Sarah showed none of the typical symptoms of a brain tumour but I knew something was wrong and the doctor agreed so she ordered an MRI at 7:30 a.m. the following morning (December 7th). Sarah had surgery on December 8th to remove the tumour. She has completed 6 weeks of radiation therapy at the IWK Childrens Hospital with the wonderful radiation oncologist and his wonderful staff. We received excellent care while at the IWK and things were made to much easier for us by our brain tumour nurse who coordinated everything and showed us where we needed to go and how to get around this large hospital. After radiation therapy, Sarah started maintenance chemotherapy. Sarah has been feeling very well and is back to school full time, making excellent grades and is once again playing volleyball for an elite team. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, playing volleyball, shopping, watching movies and staying active. We are grateful for the excellent care we received while at IWK and as well for the excellent care we received from the MonctonHospital.



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