The first step in the process was to insert an external drain into her skull to relieve pressure from the fluid that was building up and causing her headaches. Early the next morning, Layla underwent surgery to remove the mass. For 5 hours we waited with friends and family, praying and talking while we waiting for our pager to let us know the surgeon was finished. “Good news”, we were told. The tumor was fully removed and everything went as perfectly as it could have. “Next, you’ll meet with the oncologist”. It was in this moment that reality set in –
Our child had brain cancer.