Last Friday, one of my current students, Anali, was diagnosed with a large malignant brain tumor at the base of her skull. The very next day she underwent surgery to remove it. The surgeons were unable to remove all of it because it was intertwined with a bunch of nerves that control body movement.
Anali came out of the surgery okay, but her future is uncertain. She will receive radiation or chemotherapy or both.
Anali had been complaining of headaches for several weeks, and doctors just brushed them off as normal "childhood growing pains". Finally, after much insisting from her parents, they agreed to do a CAT scan, with no time to spare.
Anali is a sweet, easy going, hardworking girl, and her family is the same way. I feel so sad for them and the emotional upheaval they are going through, and the battle they have ahead of them.
Sometimes, life just really blows.