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Maleree Mae Chambers

Born December 16, 2009

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Just 6 years old, Maleree was a care-free little girl who loved

"pink, arts & crafts, dancing, her Mommy, her Daddy, boating, dogs, cats, butterflies and Jesus." 

On June 3, 2016 she was diagnosed with a life-threatening, aggressive, high-grade glioma

BRAIN CANCER.

This is her story...

MAY 2016

Maleree’s eye doctor found both her optical nerves hemorrhaged due to intense pressure.  She was rushed to UC Davis where an MRI showed a 1 cm mass at the back portion of her brain.

JUNE - JULY - AUGUST 2016

There was confusion over whether the tumor was low grade or high grade Glioma.  UC Davis put out feelers to Boston, UCSF, Oakland, St. Judes for an available surgeon.

 

We had difficulty finding a surgeon willing to perform the operation because of its delicate location and chance of complications.  It’s a waiting game, demanding follow-up, trying to get in contact with the powers-that-be. Searching for alternatives.  Frustration.  And always the waiting.  And praying.  Finally a surgeon is found.

Doctors intended to put a shunt in her brain to release the pressure and drain fluid, but were able to create a channel instead.  A biopsy was sent to Boston to determine if the tumor was benign or malignant.

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SEPTEMBER 2016

Dr. Gupta at UCSF performed the three hour surgery.  The tumor was completely removed and diagnosed as Anaplastic Ependymoma. There were some initial complications with her eyesight, but it was not long lasting.

Maleree began 31 rounds of radiation treatments over a six week period, five days a week.  Lots of trips back and forth between Paradise and San Francisco.

NOVEMBER 2016

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                       JANUARY 2017

First MRI since surgery came back clean.

Time to celebrate! 

So thankful for everyone’s prayers.

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OCTOBER 2017

MRI #4 complete and clean!! 

No sign of the tumor. 

YAY!! 

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SEPTEMBER 2018

     Devastating News! The tumor is back! Waiting on the tumor board to meet and discuss next steps.

DECEMBER 2016

Hurray!! 

Radiation completed! 

Now there will be MRI monitoring at three-month intervals.

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Stress escalated as date got close

Sbut MRI #2

came back clean!

APRIL 2017

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FEBRUARY 2018

BAAAM!!

Maleree is still cancer free. 

Thank God, another clean MRI!

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OCTOBER 2018

Gamma Knife surgery went well.

Tumor is gone!

Thank you for praying!!

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MRI #3 done &  still clean! 

No sign of the tumor coming back. 

It was a good day!!

JULY 2017

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Heck Yaa!! Maleree's report shows

her MRI  is CLEAR!! No Cancer!!

We get another 3 month hall pass!!

JUNE 2018

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JAN 2019 MAY 2021

MRI's are still every 3 months.

We thank God Maleree is still

CANCER FREE!

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JUNE 19 2021

We are crushed.  Maleree's MRI showed a new tumor and it's positive.

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JULY 29 2021

Spinal Tap Done.  Gamma Knife Surgery Competed.   

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OCTOBER 2021

Residual tumor is growing and glowing. Doesn't make sense to me.

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JANUARY 2022

Dr says residual tumor is normal and some growth increase is due to swelling from surgery. Still concerned.

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MARCH 31 2022

MRI showed tumor is shrinking and no new ones!  So thankful!!

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There's So Much LIFE to be LIVED

So Give It All You've Got!

OME!

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