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 3rd Dr Benton - (Psych)

Nov 29, 2005 - Dr. Newman - chemo update

Nov 8, 2005  -
MRI scheduled & immediately after appointment with Dr. Rosseau to discuss MRI
results - NO CHANGE! - YIPEE!

Oct 25, 2005  - appt with Dr. Newman to check blood levels and discuss beginning 15th round
of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for five days

Sept 9, 2005 -  from Anna - "An update on my Speech Therapy:  They are helping so much - I am
amazed, and thankful for the opportunity!  I'll be stopping occupational therapy next Tuesday
because they feel I can practice that at home and will get much more benefit from the speech
therapy and want to use the insurance limits on that.  Marianjoy is an incredible place!"

Sept  2005  - Going to Occupational Therapy (for balance, eyesight etc) and Speech Therapy (for
memory, concentration etc) at
Marionjoy in Oakbrook Terrace.  Going almost daily (M-F) thru the
end of September.  When Anna was asked what she wanted to get out of the Occupational
Therapy - she said "I want to drive!".  It might be possible - but she's not holding her breath.

Sept 6, 2005  - appt with Dr. Newman to check blood levels and discuss beginning 14th round
of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for five days

Aug 30, 2005  - MRI scheduled & immediately after appointment with Dr. Rosseau to discuss
MRI results

Aug 24, 2005  - Family support group outing to Wellness House

July 25, 2005  - begin 13th round of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for
five days

July 19, 2005 - Dr Newman - discuss whether to treat the necrosis - no reason to treat with
steroid unless it is causing issues.

July 13, 2005  - PET scan results - DRUM ROLL --------- it is 'NECROSIS' - NOT TUMOR
RECURRANCE/GROWTH - time to do the HAPPY DANCE!

July 6, 2005  - PET SCAN test taken to further review / assess what looks to be tumor re-growth;
won't get results until Wednesday July 13th (every minute of waiting for results is like an eternity)

Late June  - DEVASTATING NEWS - MRI shows that thearea vacated by the original tumor is
filling in.........
(with what?)  There is only a couple of ways to determine the answer to this question.
1 - Surgery and send the removed tissue for biopy
2 -
PET scan
Luckily Dr. Rosseau ordered the PET scan - time will tell what the physical makeup of the area is












May 9, 2005  - 7 weeks after surgery - back to work full time & begin 11th round of chemotherapy
- 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for five days

May 4, 2005  - Dr Newman - discuss chemotherapy treatment plan

April 26, 2005  - (5 weeks since surgery) - MRI & visit with Dr Rosseau

April 6, 2005 - Dr Newman - wants to wait until receives pathology report from March 21 surgery
prior to resuming any chemotherapy treatments

March 30, 2005 - Staples Removed (CINN-downtown) (renamed NorthShore)

March 24, 2005 - 1pm Anna arrived home - SHE'S on the road to recovery - WAY TO GO GIRL!

March 23, 2005 - 8:00am Anna just called - she's coming home tomorrow!

March 22, 2005 - Anna has been up & out of bed today
All IV's have been removed
She is already on solid food

March 21 - 2:15pm - Anna came thru surgery with flying colors!
She is expected to be in the hospital until Friday March 25th
Should receive pathology on the tumor removed by Wednesday March 23

March 21, 2005 - Craniotomy surgery to remove brain tumor scheduled.............check back for
post-op update

March 10, 2005 - New MRI taken at CINN; Dr. Rosseau is paged and consults with Anna same
day.  Surgery (craniotomy) is scheduled for Monday March 21.  This will be Anna's 2nd surgery of
this type.  Anna's mom asks the neurosurgeon if she can put  a "hinge" on her incisions into the
skull this time.  Anna's previous surgery (identical to this) was 15 months previous (December
10, 2003).

March 9, 2005 - Appointment with neurosurgeon Dr. Rosseau to review the MRI reading/report
from the February 28 MRI brings up the news that the tumor has grown back.  A new (more
clear) MRI is required to determine tumor location, size and next steps.  MRI scheduled for next
afternoon.

March 7, 2005 - Anna receives reading/report from CDH for the MRI taken Feb 28 & faxes it to
her 3 doctors (Neurosurgeon, Chemo, Primary)

Feb 28, 2005 - MRI at CDH (Central DuPage Hospital) - These are done at CDH vs. CINN
(renamed NorthShore)
due to facility location convenience and insurance coverage.

Feb 22, 2005 - Dr Newman (Chemo); begin 11th round of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ®
tablets/pills per day for five days

Feb 17, 2005 - Dr Benton (Psychiatrist) - Yes, it's really important that people see these Dr's
when they're going thru things like cancer and depression

Jan 16, 2005 -  Tenth round of chemotherapy - 300mg TEMODAR ® tablets/pills per day for five
days
Anna August 30, 2004
(After 5th round of chemo)
A 2mile walk for Brain Tumor Research
Sunday May 15, 2005 - 9am
It was 50 degrees with a breeze off the
lake..... but none of us would have
chosen to be anywhere else
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...........
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