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Keeping the Faith




Submitted by:
Jonathan Sand

In 2019, at 24 years old, Sarah was having headaches nearly every single day. It wasn’t uncommon for her to have headaches, but something felt different. She went to see her primary doctor, who after listening to her symptoms decided to order an MRI. On August 19th, 2019, just past midnight and only days before her MRI was scheduled, Sarah had a grand mal seizure while we were sleeping at home. While in the emergency room that evening she had an MRI that discovered a large mass in her brain. Everything felt surreal. Nothing made sense. Family and friends worked together to research neurosurgeons across the state and even the country. After several consultations at different hospitals, we met Dr. Robin at Henry Ford and Sarah knew the search was over. Dr. Robin performed an awake craniotomy on September 11, 2019, three years ago today. After the surgery and near full resection, it was confirmed to be a stage three oligodendroglioma. Following the surgery, Sarah started going through chemotherapy along with radiation and proton radiation. The proton radiation took place at a different hospital, so it was amazing to see the length that her doctors and the tumor board would go through to collaborate with other programs in the community, all for her individual care. After the cycles of radiation concluded, Sarah continued chemotherapy for all of 2020 and finished just before the 2021 New Year. Since that time, Sarah has had ongoing appointments with Dr. Synder. She has follow up MRIs and also participates in a study. Dr. Synder continues to monitor her health and oversees the regular scans. Each MRI, since surgery and treatment, has had one result, “No new tumor growth”. That is what we pray for and that is what she continues to fight for. Sarah has been through a lot, more than I can truly comprehend and especially for someone her age. She is the strongest person that I know and she continues to amaze me every single day.