September 14, 2010 was one of the worst days of my life. I found out that my 2 year old daughter had a brain tumor. Life was never the same after that day. Shortly after being diagnosed, Olivia went through a 9 hour brain surgery to remove only half of the tumor. The other half needed to remain because of the dangerous spot it was in, the surgeons decided it was best to leave it. She started to experience seizures and that’s when the doctors realized she had fluid building up in the brain (hydrocephalus) and immediately took her back into the operating room at have a VP shunt placed. A few weeks later, Olivia started her journey of chemotherapy, which came with its side effects and complications but we pushed through and after 1 year of chemotherapy, doctors decided to stop giving it to her because she developed an allergic reaction to it. They reviewed her scans and realized that her tumor was no longer active. It was now 2011 and Olivia was in remission. No more chemotherapy was needed. We were so happy. In 2015, Olivia’s shunt started to malfunction and she was in and out of surgery about 6 times in 5 months, when finally things got better and the shunt was finally working properly again. But the pain and worry continued. In 2017, Olivia started showing signs of the tumor acting up again. So she had a 2 hour MRI and sure enough, her tumor had grown once again after 6 years of being inactive. Olivia is now 10 and undergoing more chemotherapy. She experiences a lot of headaches and vomiting but she still fights through it and at times you wouldn’t even know she was a sick child just by the way she smiles and tried hard not to let things get her down. She is my inspiration for running this marathon. 26.2 miles is a long way to go, but it’s nothing compared to what she has been through and I will push myself like I never have before and I won’t give up because she never gives up!!
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