WSB Care-A-Thon 2022: Abby Bailey After bouts of worsening headaches and on advice from some nurses, they decided to take Abby to the emergency department in October of 2018. Upon arriving at the hospital, Abby received a CT scan that would
reveal their worst nightmare; a malignant, high grade brain tumor. They were completely devastated. The next 24 hours were spent getting an MRI, talking with the neurosurgery team, and preparing for major brain surgery.
After an 8-hour brain tumor resection, Abby did well and thankfully the tumor was 99% removed. However, as a result of the surgery, she suffered from Posterior Fossa
Syndrome which left her completely unable to speak, swallow, or walk. Before cancer treatment even began, she spent a month in inpatient rehab relearning everything from swallowing a sip of water and speaking to being on her feet.
After making some substantial progress in rehab, Abby went on a high dose chemotherapy protocol with a stem cell transplant to wipe out any remaining cancer
cells left from surgery. The treatment was difficult, but with much prayer, faith, and an incredible clinical team, Abby did absolutely amazing throughout it all.
Now coming up on 3 years post treatment and Abby is NED! Though brain cancer will always be part of her story, and her family is so grateful that it’s in the rear view mirror.