June 17, 2011
My name is Katia. I am a 32 years old mother of 2 with Medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. I have been fighting this since February of 2008. I had 2 brain surgeries, radiation, and chemo. I was cancer free for 1year and a month. Then it was back in April of 2010. My doctor decided to do a bone marrow transplant, so I did that too. I first had another brain surgery, 1 treatment of radiation, and then the transplant. I came out of the hospital after transplant on September 9th, 2010. I had an MRI on January 6th, 2011 and everything was clear. I went back on April 21st for my second MRI thinking everything would be fine. I brought my daughter with me because it was spring break, and it was her 10th birthday. I though we would spend the rest of the day in Boston. The news weren't good. The tumor was all over my brain now. I was hoping for another brain surgery, but it was now inoperable. My neuro-oncologist told me that in his opinion I had fewer than 6months to live. I felt terrible. My daughter was terribly sad, but I promised her that I would fight until the end, and that I wouldn't give up. The only option for my survival was to participate in a Medical Trial out of Pittsburgh, PA. The problem was that not having worked for the past almost 3 1/2 years; I clearly couldn't afford flying weekly to get treatment as it was required by the study. I decided to search on the internet, I also contacted my councilor at Dana Farber, and I came across this organization called Miracle Flights. This was exactly what I needed. They would provide me with every flight I needed to get care. If it wasn't for Miracle Flights For Kids I couldn't continue to fight. I am grateful that I was given another chance to life. Thank you.
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MY ROLE:Volunteer & I received counseling services and changed my career. Review from Guidestar