Age 14, Connecticut, Glioblastoma Multiforme IV, Currently On Chemotherapy For Maintenance
We know a girl who always has a smile on her face, Morgan! Morgan smiles because of her “Be Strong Be Positive” attitude which has her defying the odds despite daily challenges that very few can understand.
June 15, 2011 is the day that is forever in Morgan’s history book. Thankfully, Morgan was rushed to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) after suffering a seizure that left her unconscious. They were able to diagnose her with a brain tumor, give her medication to hold off the seizures and send her home until surgery. Her surgery was two-fold. First, they attached electrodes to the tumor site to map out where the tumor was in her speech and language corridor - this helped to reduce permanent damage to the area. Based on the mapping, she received surgery to remove some of the tumor.
Since the tumor was not in an entirely operable position she received radiation in addition to the standard of care. Treatments required bi-weekly trips to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, her family said how thankful they were to be able to get treatment so close to home as this would have been extremely difficult to manage with a sibling. Since her diagnosis she has had 2 additional surgeries and another round of radiation along with continued chemotherapy to maintain her current status. The doctors and nurses at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center are like members of our family now.
Morgan is excited to begin her freshman year of high school in the Fall. She enjoys snow skiing, photography and fashion but most important, she enjoys raising funds and awareness for all kids with cancer.