Hello everyone! My name is Crystal and I will be running the BT5k in support of my wonderful husband, Scott. We’ve known each other for 12 years, been a couple for almost 6 and we just got married in September 2018. Scott and I are parents to my 8year old daughter, Iris, and to two rescue dogs, Neff and Rory.
In 2015 Scott went into the ER for severe headaches. This is when they discovered he had a mass in his brain. He had his first brain biopsy towards the end of September 2015. Two weeks later we received a call from The Cancer Center. He was diagnosed with a Level 3 anaplastic astrocytoma that was inoperable due to the location of it. Scott went through radiation then chemotherapy through the rest of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. In June 2016 an MRI showed that the tumor had shrunk and all that was left was scar tissue. He was cancer free!
January 2019, Scott began to show some signs that something was wrong. He had more seizures(normally very minor ones now became intense-including two grand mals), some personality change, and almost always had a headache. My mom-in-law and I convinced him to schedule an MRI to check up on the past. He scheduled one for the end of February 2019. The MRI showed a change in the tumor. The doctors are unsure of what the change is so they called for another brain biopsy. On April 4th, 2019 Scott went under for his second brain biopsy.
Today, April 10th, we are still waiting to hear the results from the biopsy. Scott is healing well from the surgery but still has that lingering headache as well as the anxiety that comes with waiting for results.
On April 17th we received the results from Scott’s biopsy. The cancer has returned and we are looking at options on how to treat it.
Each day, 700 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. To show my support, I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s BT5K Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk. Money raised by the BT5K will provide critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care.
You can support me in my efforts by making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association.
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Your donation not only supports brain tumor patients and their families but it also supports the breakthrough research to improve, extend and ultimately save lives.
And remember, your donation is tax-deductible! You can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org. Thank you in advance for your support of my efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families, and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.