Anna's Story
(as told by 3 of her friends)
Anna February 15, 2004
(Before Feb 19, 2004 Gamma
knife procedure &
March 8, 2004 seizure)
To Our Friend Anna -
We just don't know how
else to help.
We can't make it go
away.................
Dec 11, 2004-  Visit with Dr. Patel primary care physician

Dec 8, 2004-  Visit with neurosurgeon Dr. Gail Rosseau to discuss MRI results - MRI results - MRI shows NO
TUMOR GROWTH!  WOW!
 Next MRI in 3 months - until today, MRI's were scheduled every two months - this is a
significant accomplishment!

Nov 30, 2004 -  MRI at Central DuPage hospital

Nov 18, 2004 -  Appointment with Dr. Benton (Psychiatrist)

Nov 15, 2004 -  eighth round of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for five days

Nov 3, 2004 -  Visit with oncology Dr. Newman to check blood counts and make sure that Anna can continue with
chemotherapy round EIGHT.  Anna still working full time (and then some).  Has not been released to be able to
drive.

Oct 18, 2004 -  seventh round of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for five days (this was
deferred one week pending MRI results)

Oct 14-17 2004-  GIRLS TRIP! - Covered Bridge Festival - Parke County Indiana - Five friends used to make this
pilgrimage (with thousands of others) on an annual basis.  We did this for at least six years straight.  Then about
eight years ago, our jobs, families and other obligations got in the way and we haven't gone.  So, back in January
2004, we starting planning this trip with Anna.  The date has arrived and we are going!  Ten years ago we all had
shopping lists of "places to go and vendors to see" while on the trip - a somewhat shop till you drop sort of theme.  
Now, with a deeper meaning of  friends, family, life and love in perspective, we are making this trip with a shopping
list containing only "friendship, conversation, laughs, naps, and time together"

Oct 13, 2004-  Visit with neurosurgeon Dr. Rosseau to discuss MRI results - comparing July 29th films with Sept
29 films -
MRI shows NO TUMOR GROWTH!  Yipee!  Hooray!

Oct 11, 2004-  
Anna was scheduled to begin seventh round of TEMODAR ®  but with MRI reading confusion (see
Oct 6, 2004) this has been deferred until October 18, pending MRI results.

Oct 6, 2004-  Anna was scheduled to see Dr. Rosseau to discuss her MRI results but her office never got the MRI
reading results.  Because all of Anna's previous MRI films were located at CINN downtown, the staff at Central
DuPage Hospital were not able to read this MRI (sounds like all MRI readings are all based on comparing the
previous MRI films to the current one vs. just looking at the current film and saying "looks good - all clear")  Now,
Anna has to chase down her films from her July 29 MRI taken downtown at CINN and get them over to Central
DuPage Hospital for the comparison reading to be performed.  All appointments have been rescheduled, along
with her next round of chemo.

Sept 29, 2004 -  MRI performed at Central DuPage hospital (all other MRI tests had been done downtown at CINN
Dr. Rosseau office); Anna's insurance covers more if MRI performed at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield

Sept 13, 2004 -  Anna begins sixth round of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for five days.

Sept 8, 2004 -  Visit with oncology Dr. Newman to check blood counts and make sure that Anna can continue with
chemotherapy round SIX

Aug 16, 2004 -  Anna begins fifth round of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for five days.

July 30, 2004 - Visit with neurosurgeon Dr. Gail Rosseau for an MRI -(last MRI was taken May 25).  The MRI shows
NO TUMOR GROWTH!  Yipee.  Next MRI is scheduled for Oct 1.

July 19, 2004 -  Anna begins fourth round of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for five days.  
Is working full time (40hrs per week).  Still not able to drive due to vision impairment.  Very tired most days, but
show me anyone who wouldn't be tired during a FIGHT like this.  

July 15, 2004 - Visit with oncology Dr. Newman to check blood counts and make sure that Anna can continue with
chemotherapy round FOUR - if ok, will start FOURTH round of chemotherapy on Monday July 19th

June 21, 2004 -  Anna begins third round of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for five days
and then nothing for the following 23 days.  Still not able to drive due to vision impairment.

June 16, 2004 - Visit with oncology Dr. Newman to check blood counts and make sure that Anna can continue with
chemotherapy round three - if ok, will start third round of chemotherapy on Monday June 21st

June 7, 2004 - Blood work to check Dilantin levels - everything good, level is 18.  Anna has been working 6 hrs per
day - still time left in the day to sneak a nap in.

May 25, 2004 - Visit with neurosurgeon Dr. Gail Rosseau for an MRI -(last MRI was taken April 9).  The MRI shows
that the tumor is dissipating.  Next MRI is scheduled for July 30.

May 24, 2004 -  Anna begins second round of chemotherapy - takes 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for
five days and then nothing for the following 23 days.  Still not able to drive due to vision impairment.    Anna has
been working 4-6 hrs per day, 5 days per week.  (Naps fit into her daily routine quite often)

May 20, 2004 - Visit with oncology Dr. Newman to check blood counts and make sure that Anna can continue with
chemotherapy round two - counts look great - on to round two next Monday!

May 15, 2004 - Three of Anna's friends organized a fundraiser for Anna.  Over 215 attended (including Anna).  
Everyone laughed, hugged, cried and had fun.  It was quite an overwhelming night.

April 26-30, 2004 - No noticeable side effects from TEMODAR ®  chemotherapy treatment.

April 26, 2004 - Anna begins first round of chemotherapy - takes 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills for five days and
then nothing for the following 23 days.

April 19, 2004 - Anna increases her work schedule to 4 days a week / 4 hours per day - still not able to drive due to
vision impairment and anti-seizure medication

April 15, 2004 - Anna met with Dr. Newman, an oncology specialist at Northwestern, to discuss her chemotherapy
treatment plan.  He recommends that Anna receive six cycles (months) of a chemotherapy drug named
TEMODAR
®.  For each treatment cycle, you orally take the prescribed dose of TEMODAR ® (300mg for Anna)  once a day for 5
days.  From Day 6 to Day 28 (or the next 23 days) you have a rest period and not take any TEMODAR ® .  To help
offset common side effects such as nausea, Anna will be taking
KYTRIL.  CBC tests will be given around day 22 of
each cycle to monitor her bodies reaction to the chemotherapy.

April 9, 2004 - MRI taken today shows that the tumor has not grown!

April 6, 2004 - Visit to primary care physician shows blood pressure at 150/100 - change to blood pressure meds
are made today.  Come back for a follow-up visit in three weeks.

March 30, 2004 - Due to nausea lasting for the last couple of weeks, a CT is taken; great news, the tumor has not
grown!  It has been almost 6 weeks since her last procedure.  Still working about 12 hrs per week and unable to
drive.

March 9, 2004 - Because of the seizure, an MRI is administered to take a look at the tumor.  It has not grown since
the December 10, 2003 surgery.

March 8, 2004 - Anna suffers a full seizure shortly after arriving at work.  She was transported to Loyola where it
was determined that her blood sodium levels were too low.   Also, her Dilantin (anti-seizure medication) dosage
was not quite high enough.  She is released from Loyola that evening.

February 2004 - Anna tries to work a few hours a day, a couple of days a week; she depends on others for
transportation as her sight has not been normal since her December 10, 2003 surgery.

February 19, 2004 - Anna spends the day receiving her Gamma knife procedure and is able to go home that night.

February 11, 2004 - Anna receives her last of 5 radiation 'boost' treatments in preparation for her Gamma knife
procedure.

January 15, 2004 - Pathology reports are in from John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.  Malignant
neoplasm; difficult to classify;  
gliosarcoma.
Anna August 30, 2004
(After 5th round of chemo)
Brain Cancer Patient, Wife & Mother

Please find knowledge and encouragement about brain cancer from this site - with every step Anna took in her 4.5
year FIGHT
, she continued to help others providing support.  
This site will live on to support her wish to always help others...........