Caroline

Condition: Cavernous Sinus Hemangioma
City, State: OR
Club: Eastmont School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 315
Date Adopted: 11/06/2009

Caroline's Story:
(12.1.10) Caroline is a bright and beautiful 7 year old girl with a boisterous and cheerful personality. So, on July 5th, 2009, when Caroline told her mother she was seeing two of her, her parents knew something wasn't right. After looking at Caroline's eye closer, her mother, Jennifer, noticed that Caroline's eye was no longer tracking to the left. Realizing that something must be wrong, her parents took her in immediately to see an opthamologist at BMC in Bend. She was then referred to a neurologist. The next day, Caroline received and MRI to see if they could discover the source of the problem. What the doctors told them was something they could have never been prepared to hear. Their daughter had a large mass in her brain that was affecting the 6th nerve, the one that controls your vision. The next day, family traveled to Doernbecher's in Portland. The trip was a trying one as Caroline became sick with intense headaches and began throwing up. They spent 5 days in Portland as the doctors tried to pinpoint what was causing these symptoms. Since her symptoms were not consistent with the type of tumor that Caroline had, they just could figure it out. Her symptoms began to improve and the family was sent home for a month. After that the doctors would retest. About three weeks into that month, Caroline became sick again, throwing up and experiencing intense headaches. After another MRI that showed that the tumor had grown, the family decided to seek medical help from a surgeon at Stanford. Two weeks later, Caroline had a biopsy and surgery to remove her tumor. The diagnosis finally came; Hemangioma. Fortunately for the family, the tumor was benign. Caroline began radiation treatments following her surgery as well as follow up tests. As of right now, Caroline's tumor is gone. The doctors say there is a good chance that it will return and the family is prepared to handle it if it does. For now, Caroline is growing up. Her vision has returned and she has yearly check ups to monitor her progress. She is again, a happy and exuberant little girl who loves going to school and hanging out with her 4 siblings. Sparrow Cash raised for Caroline will go to help her family with medical, travel and pharmacy expenses as well as everyday living expenses. personality. So, on July 5th, 2009, when Caroline told her mother she was seeing two of her, her parents knew something wasn't right. After looking at Caroline's eye closer, her mother, Jennifer, noticed that Caroline's eye was no longer tracking to the left. Realizing that something must be wrong, her parents took her in immediately to see an opthamologist at BMC in Bend. She was then referred to a neurologist. The next day, Caroline received and MRI to see if they could discover the source of the problem. What the doctors told them was something they could have never been prepared to hear. Their daughter had a large mass in her brain that was affecting the 6th nerve, the one that controls your vision. The next day, family traveled to Doernbecher's in Portland. The trip was a trying one as Caroline became sick with intense headaches and began throwing up. They spent 5 days in Portland as the doctors tried to pinpoint what was causing these symptoms. Since her symptoms were not consistent with the type of tumor that Caroline had, they just could figure it out. Her symptoms began to improve and the family was sent home for a month. After that the doctors would retest. About three weeks into that month, Caroline became sick again, throwing up and experiencing intense headaches. After another MRI that showed that the tumor had grown, the family decided to seek medical help from a surgeon at Stanford. Two weeks later, Caroline had a biopsy and surgery to remove her tumor. The diagnosis finally came; Hemangioma. Fortunately for the family, the tumor was benign. Caroline began radiation treatments following her surgery as well as follow up tests. As of right now, Caroline's tumor is gone. The doctors say there is a good chance that it will return and the family is prepared to handle it if it does. For now, Caroline is growing up. Her vision has returned and she has yearly check ups to monitor her progress. She is again, a happy and exuberant little girl who loves going to school and hanging out with her 4 siblings. Sparrow Cash raised for Caroline will go to help her family with medical, travel and pharmacy expenses as well as everyday living expenses.

sponsor(s):

The Jeanne Cailliez Memorial
The Jeanne Cailliez Memorial