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Miss Erin Kelly

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I am participating to improve the lives of all those affected by brain tumors. In November of 2011, after 7 months of headaches, vision changes and other symptoms an MRI revealed a large, 5cm tumor. One week later I had surgery to removed the mass. I was diagnosed with an "unusual" low grade astrocytoma, further treatment was deferred at that time until tumor progression. Less than 2 years later on a routine MRI new tumor growth was found. Two weeks later in July 2013 I once again had surgery to remove that tumor. They now consider it a rare high grade (malignant) tumor called a pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma with anaplastic features. I completed 6 1/2 weeks of proton radiation therapy with daily chemotherapy and am currently completing an additional 6 months of chemo. 

Did you know that of the funds raised by the American Cancer Society LESS THAN 1% are used towards brain tumor research? That is why we need the support from groups such as the National Brain Tumor Society and American Brain Tumor Association.

Funds raised here helps to direct promising research, support families who are currently coping with the effects of a brain tumor diagnosis, and advocate for change.

I have joined this movement to bring the issue of brain tumors to the forefront. Progress is being made, but there is so much more to be done. Please support my efforts!

You can read more about my story @ http://anurseturnedpatient.blogspot.com/

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