Our journey began on Sunday, August 31, 2008. After spending a long night in 2 ER’s, a CT scan revealed that Bryson had a bleed on his brain caused by a tumor. He was immediately life-flighted to CHOA – Scottish Rite where a procedure was performed to relieve the pressure on his brain until the tumor could be removed.
On Tuesday, September 2, 2008 an 85% resection of the tumor was successful. On Thursday, September 11, 2008 we received the diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade IV (GBM) along with a 2-year chemo treatment plan to prevent the tumor from growing and coming back.
Due to his diagnosis and treatment Bryson suffers from hemiparesis on the left side which has caused him to be unable to walk and use his left hand/arm, hearing loss, seizure disorder, cognitive delays and hydrocephalus. Bryson also suffered a stroke in June 2011.
Since September 2008 Bryson has endured 10 surgeries related to his diagnosis and completed 2 years of chemotherapy. He continues to go to therapy several times each week and gets regular MRI’s and follow-ups with all his specialist.
Despite Bryson’s daily challenges, he thoroughly enjoys life! He loves going to pre-school, watching movies, playing with his cars, trucks and trains, blowing bubbles, taking rides in his wagon/stroller and making people laugh!