Hello Deqlans prayer army - today , let me introduce you to this gorgeous little lady, Isabella
Isabella was diagnosed with neuroblastoma 8 Novemeber 2004, her story unfolds:
Hi, my name is Isabella and I am 2 years old. I found out on November 8th that I have stage 3, intermediate risk Neuroblastoma. Here is some information on "NB" : Neuroblastoma is the most common tumor in infants younger than 1 year of age and a common solid tumor of childhood. Most children are diagnosed by age 2 and more than 70 percent have widespread disease at the time of diagnosis. Neuroblastoma tumors originate from neural crest cells (called neuroblasts) in the sympathetic nervous system (nerve tissues), which runs from the base of the neck to the tailbone. Tumors can appear anywhere along this chain, but are most commonly found in the chest or near the adrenal glands, which are located on top of the kidneys.
Isabella was diagnosed with neuroblastoma on November 8, 2004. When she was 18 months old. On November 9, 2004 she underwent surgery to biopsy the tumor, aspirate bone marrow from both of her hips and to place a central line in her chest. Within one week of her diagnosis she began chemotherapy treatments.
Isabella received four rounds of chemotherapy every 21 days.
On February 11, 2005, she had a MRI that showed the tumor had only shrunk about .04 cm and surgery was not an option at the time. We have been continuing on with our chemotherapy and we just had our 7th round March 28th, 29th, and 30th. She was hit with an infection on April 2nd and was in the hospital till April 15th. they thought the infection was in the actual line in her broviac, so they removed it, but bacteria still showed up in their blood tests. When they sent us home, Isabella was put on antibiotics that must be given through her IV port in her arm every 6 hours. We ended up giving her the antibiotics for a while and her infection came back yet again.
So instead of prolonging her last chemo treatment the doctors decided to see if her tumor had shrunk enough to be removed. She had a MRI that showed it had shrunk a lot but the surgeon felt he could remove it. On May 2nd 2005 Isabella had surgery to remove her tumor. She was in the surgery for 6 hours (when the surgeon tols us 3) but she came out of it okay and we spent 3 days in ICU and another day in the regular oncology wing before we were sent home. Isabella has been cancer free since! For a full background, feel free to read the journal history.
and on the family blogspot
Isabella celebrated her 6th birthday on 29th of April and has been NED for over 4 years now, Praise Our Lord! Isabella has the most wonderful, supportive and caring mom and dad, and gorgeous little brother! Michelle, her mommy continues to do so much to create awareness and get everyone she possibly can involved in supporting the cure for childhood cancer! Isabella, we continue to follow you and your lovely families journey to health and we continue to celebrate and pray that you will remain NED always and forever! God Bless and hugs and love from us all here in South Africa!