Sophie Cho is a 5.5 year-old bundle of energy and sunshine. She has a smile that will light up the room, but also a feisty side that will put you in your place!
On Dec 1, 2012, Sophie was diagnosed
with a highly malignant brain tumor called medulloblastoma, originating in the cerebellum. Medulloblastoma affects just under 2 people per million, but it is more common in children than adults. She underwent immediate surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Her neurosurgeon was able to resect almost all of the tumor, but some cancer cells still remained near her brainstem. She spent 18 long days at the hospital recovering from surgery, as we learned of our daunting new challenge of cancer treatment.
She began proton radiation at the CDH Procure facility in Warrenville, IL on Jan 2, 2013, and endured 30 days of treatment, which ended recently on Feb 12, 2013. She will begin the maintenance cycles of chemotherapy in March 2013. 9 courses total, 4-6 weeks apart, which have us looking at Feb 2014 for the completion of chemo.
She has her occasional bursts of annoyance/anger, but otherwise in good spirits, and trying to be a normal 5 year-old. We’re going to try to get her back in school as schedule/energy permits, and our goal is for her to be ready for kindergarten in the fall.
We do not know what the future holds; we have hope in the best possible outcomes. To that end, we take each day one day at a time. Thank you all for your support and prayers.
Jason, Jeannie, Sophie, Selah, Josiah