“It is a big tumor…it will require surgery…it is likely cancer…it is not a good prognosis.” These are the things that strike fear in the heart of any parent. This is what we heard about our wonderful five year old daughter Angel on Monday after a visit to the ER and ensuing transfer. Last week she began having headaches and problems with her eyes going crossed. We had a few MD visits and were leaning toward vision problems. Thanks be to God for the wonderful staff at CMC-Northeast ER who caught the tumor and immediately arranged transfer to CMC-Main Levine Childrens Hospital. We have met with pediatric neurosurgeons and pediatric oncologists. The tumor is in the cerebellum exerting pressure on the brainstem with increased intracranial pressure. It is a large tumor with anticipated difficulty removing it. There is significant potential of complication associated with removal and most likely will result in cerebral shunt placement. Surgery is scheduled for 3-10-10 at 6 am. We know that miracles happen and that God still performs miracles. We know this is possible through prayer and the mighty hand of God who already has his hands at work in Angel’s healing. Words cannot express our fear and anxiety. Knowing tomorrow will be different in some way brings pain…we try to remain strong in our faith because we know that God is near. Thanks go out to all who have prayed, sent gifts, visits, and supported.
Jump forward to August 2011. The tumor has new activity with some growth but more seriously, pressure being exerted in the brain. Headaches and neurological symptoms have increased. Angel has continued frequent physical and occupational therapy since her surgery. Additional surgery and chemotherapy are now being discussed. We praise God for the blessing of these days and for the awesome support network we have in our family, friends, church, co-workers, and prayer warriors.
March 2012 the tumor has grown back into the cerebellum in the old areas as well as a new area hidden by scar tissue from the previous surgery, Surgery performed again on 3/26/12 with all tumor removed from the cerebellum, however, the brain stem portion of the tumor remains. Chemotherapy regimen of 60 months to begin 2-3 weeks post surgery.”
Angel has become such a bright spot in the lives of all of us here at Irresistible Portraits. Her strength and determination throughout her cancer journey has been amazing. Karen first met Angel when she came to the studio to have her portrait taken and announced that she was a model. From the very first time we met Angel we knew she was something special. Angel is very much an animal lover so it was love at first sight between Angel and Karen and Buddy’s dogs Luke and Millie! She took an exceptional liking to MISTER Luke (who wouldn’t, he is quite handsome).What a joy it is to see her come through the door at Irresistible Portraits!!
Angel visits Irresistible Portraits often and one of her favorite things to do is have her portrait taken with Karen’s four legged babies, Millie and Luke. Angel just loves the doggies and has been known to carry a picture of her and Luke around with her! So sweet! As you can see Luke and Millie really love her too.
“Angel is such a sweet heart. She always has a smile on her face. I have never seen such a determined little girl. She has been so brave in all of this. She must get it from her mom and dad. Alan and Myra Thompson have remained so faithful through all of this. They leave their trust in GOD and know He is the almighty healer”. ~Karen
Below is a journal entry taken from Angel’s Caringbridge website. What an amazing little girl Angel is!!
“The reality of what Angel knows and experiences was brought to sight today in her words. She told us she was writing songs while we were coming back from her fitting for turbans (head covers). I find it hard to believe these words come from a 7 year old and would not have believed it had I not seen it in her own writing. She wrote these words for songs:
“I love you, I live my life for you. I got a lot of life before me. My life is in a battle and I do not know what to do but our God is awesome.” “Rainbows of tomorrow spread throughout the sky and who will I be and what will I say at the end of the road. I know you are always with me. ©””
Please join us in praying for Angel and her family. If Angel’s story touched you, and you would like to help the family financially with medical bills, then contact Irresistible Portraits at 704-933-5600 and we can get you in contact with the right people.