Carol Gardner

Carol continues to make great strides…

In the midst of her family’s summer vacation last year, 35 year-old mother of three Carol Gardner experienced a significant health scare leading to an emergency room visit. A CT scan revealed a mass on the right, front side of her brain.

A few days later, Carol was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic. Numerous tests led to a surgery in a special operating room that hosted a built-in MRI aiding doctors in their attempt to remove her brain tumor. The surgery was successful and three days later she returned home to rest.

In early August, Carol visited the Cleveland Clinic to learn more about the pathology of the tumor resection (surgery) she had in late July. The diagnosis she received was Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Since the diagnosis, Carol commenced with her chemotherapy and radiation treatment plan.

Last December, Carol visited the Cleveland Clinic for a follow-up meeting with her surgeon to observe the progress from the surgery to remove her brain tumor. The incision was not healing as expected in one spot and the surgeon feared an infection may be setting in. An MRI was completed and showed no major infection or meningitis. However, a 3-hour surgery was required to clean the wound area.

Since then, Carol has recovered completely from her surgery and a recent MRI showed no tumor re-growth! Carol continues to make great strides and recently started her fourth cycle of Temozolomide chemotherapy.

Thanks to your generous support, Hope Strengthens Foundation has helped cover medical expenses and increased insurance premiums associated with Carol’s care in order to allow her to dedicate 100% of their energy on beating brain cancer.

$50 donation will help cover the cost of testing associated with optimizing Carol’s treatment for brain cancer.