My name is Molly Kimball, I am 9 years old, in 3rd grade and home schooled at this time. I like to play with my friends, my dogs (Katie and Mack), and my I pad. I like to swim and ride my bike. I also love painting and take an art class once a week when I am feeling well. I was 5 years old when I was diagnosed with brain cancer. I hope one day there will be a cure for brain cancer and all types of cancer. Besides school I get Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
I have had 6 brain surgeries, 2 port surgeries and many spinal taps and my last brain surgery was on April 14, 2010, because two more tumors grew. After this surgery we were told I had to start chemotherapy for a year and a half. I have already had 12 months of chemotherapy. During this time I have had to receive many blood transfusions and platelet transfusions, lots of tests and blood work all the time. Sometimes the chemotherapy makes me feel sick and I sleep through most of it, but the good news is after 12 months of chemo my last MRI showed that my tumors have not grown and they think the ones left from last April’s surgery may be all gone!!!! My next MRI is on June 15th. I also have some other medical issues and had a surgery this April to help with them. The surgery went well but I had so much bleeding I had to get 2 platelet transfusions in 1 week. Once chemotherapy is over I will have to have my eyes operated on because I can only see out of one eye at a time and have double vision when not wearing my glasses. It does not matter which eye as long as I only use one at a time. We are strengthening them by changing my classes every 2 hours. Each set of glasses has a patch inside so it blurs the vision of one eye. The Doctors want to make sure each eye gets to work the same amount of time.
My brother, Conor, came with me to chemo last summer and he made it a lot easier. My brain cancer is hard on my entire family, especially Conor because when I have to go into the hospital he only gets to see our Mom when he comes to visit me and he misses me and Mom not being home. It is also very hard for him to come to see me in the hospital because I am usually not feeling very well but he comes anyway. I have the BEST big brother.
Being in the hospital makes me so sad because it is hard to sleep with all the noise and they constantly wake you to give you medicine or check you out. The only good part of the hospital is when the therapy dogs come to visit me. I am there so much, I know them pretty well. The clowns also make me very HAPPY. They make my mom and me laugh so much.
I have a very busy schedule but at the end of the each week I get to go to Cancer Care and meet with my Therapist Kristen and we get to talk about all that I have gone through and she helps me figure out how to deal with what ever is going on in the medical world or at home. I love seeing Kristen at Cancer Care and we have a lot of fun together.
While I am in Therapy Mom always takes a look at their paperwork and gets information to give to other families dealing with Cancer. Cancer Care has been beyond helpful to my family and me.
One other thing I do is I am the Ambassador to a Foundation called Tails Of Hope. They save animals that have cancer and help with medical bills. This is very important to me because I love animals and they love ME. We found Cancer Care through Tails of Hope and their founding Board Member Linda Blick who has become part of our family.
I hope and pray one day that NO ONE has to hear the words YOU HAVE CANCER.
LIVE FOR TODAY – HOPE FOR TOMORROW