Nichole Ku’uipo Mai Lani Kaiwi (Perreira-Pagatpatan) was a daughter, a sister, an aunty, a niece, a cousin, a friend, a co-worker, a preschool teacher but most of all she was a mother to 3 beautiful girls as well as 3 step-children. On August 10, 2015 Nichole’s world was changed! Nichole had blacked out while walking to her garage door and was rushed to the Maui Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. Doctors there performed many tests, ranging from blood work to both an MRI and CT scan. Nichole's scans revealed that she had a mass on the left side of her brain, which was the size of a golf ball. Doctors on Maui could not treat her due to not knowing what type of mass it was. Nichole's doctors decided to medivaced her to Kaiser Moanalua on the island of O’ahu. On August 12, 2015 a biopsy was done in hopes of finding out what this mysterious mass could be. A few days later upon leaving the hospital, we had gotten the news that Nichole’s biopsy tests came back and the mass was diagnosed as a "noncancerous" tumor. The joy we felt that day in the hospital room after hearing that it wasn’t cancerous was beyond what words could ever describe. Nichole then was discharged from Kaiser Moanalua Hospital and flew back to Maui to recover. A few weeks had passed and unfortunately once again Nichole was medivaced to Kaiser Moanalua Hospital due to a follow up MRI and CT scan showing that her tumor had actually grown. On September 02, 2015 a craniotomy was done to remove what was still known at the time as a noncancerous tumor. The tumor then got sent off for testing. Although Nichole’s neurosurgeon was pleased with the outcome of the surgery due to her MRI and CT scans revealing no trace of the tumor post surgery, he was still boggled as to why it grew in just a few short weeks. Nichole once again got sent home to recover, after she was cleared by her doctors on both of her speech and physical therapy exams. On September 15, 2015 Nichole and the rest of our family received the most devastating news anyone could ever hear. Nichole was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma. Shortly after being diagnosed Nichole started chemotherapy and radiation treatments. However on December 28, 2015 Nichole once again found herself back in the emergency room of Maui Memorial Hospital, due to being dehydrated because she was unable to keep any food or liquids down. On January 06, 2016 doctors at Maui Memorial Hospital did another set of MRI and CT scans and had discovered another mass, but this time it was on Nichole’s brainstem. Once again Nichole was medivaced to Kaiser Moanalua Hospital for what would be the third time. Another surgery was done on January 08, 2016 to remove the tumor and Nichole was on the road to what we thought was recovery. However, things started to take a turn and Nichole's sodium levels got harder to stabilize which caused her to be less and less responsive. On Monday, January 25, 2016 Nichole gained her wings and went to heaven where she is now cancer free!!!
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