I have been solemn for what seems like a year, especially for a cut-up like me. Tonight, I am cutting loose. Mal's results from her CSF scan came back negative for any cancer cells. Not only does this increase her chances of beating this cancer, but it also enables us to have only the localized radiation. Localized radiation, which will only be administered to the site of her brain tumor, will greatly reduce the permanent effects of the radiation. She stands a far lesser chance of suffering learning disabilities related to the treatment, and she should not have any problems with her growth, which could have been stunted if she needed spinal radiation.
I feel like we are dodging bullet right and left - the tumor was completely removed - there was no permanent damage to Malorie's nervous system during the removal of the tumor - no additional tumors in the brain or spine - no cancer cells in her cerebral-spinal fluid. I am tremendously grateful to God for seeing us through these hurdles. So tonight, I am happy. Tomorrow, we begin to determine the course of treatment that will bring us again to the depths of despair. But tonight, tonight I reflect and say thanks.