Lina Marie Palethorpe was born October 20, 2010. At 6 weeks of age she was diagnosed with an intermediate risk, stage 2, para-spinal Neuroblastoma tumour with excellent prognosis. The tumour was causing kidney displacement and had already grown into the spinal column causing nerve root compression. Lina underwent initial rounds of chemotherapy and steroid treatment, which had great success in reducing the size of the tumour. Placed on observation, with the anticipation of the tumour continuing to shrink, Lina rejoined her Big Sister Frieda at home and the family enjoyed their new "normalcy" as they continued to grow. However, after lying dormant for 6 months, a routine MRI discovered that Lina's tumour had regrown and in fact had become bigger than before. And with that Lina went back in for more chemotherapy in an attempt to fight back.
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