Tuesday, 13 November 2012

What price???

This post is not about Rafael or us......

This post is dedicated to one of the most beautiful, loving, amazing Mum's you could meet :-)

My friend Kathy was suffering from vertigo a few weeks ago.

This led to a CT scan, then an MRI which showed a mass on her brain.

First diagnosis (dx) was a benign tumour that had been there a long time :-)

More MRI's followed ...

Next dx was very aggressive, high grade brain tumour :-(

This was followed up a week later with a specialist Neurosurgeon appointment who said that the tumour wasn't high grade - just moderate - great news :-))

Prior to that meeting, Kathy heard about Dr Charlie Teo in Sydney, who is a world renown Neurosurgeon.

She asked us all to email him and beg him to get her an appointment asap. While we all busily emailed, his office came back with a  "Please stop, we'll fit you in next Tuesday" ;-))

Yesterday Kathy saw her GP who had another radiologists report which said that the tumour was high grade!!!!

Very conflicting results and very distressing for our dear friend!!

Well, today was THE day - she was finally meeting with the "star" - Dr Teo.

Which Dr would he agree with? High grade or moderate grade?? Would he say it was all a mistake and those "Melbourne" guys have no idea???

..... No, in fact, Dr Teo saw that Kathy's tumour was so dangerous, he scheduled her for immediate surgery tomorrow morning at 6:30 am!! :-(((

We are all in shock!! We were all hoping that there had been a misdiagnosis somewhere!! But to hear that it's so bad, that she will die without this surgery, tomorrow, is incomprehensible :-((

Kathy and her husband have 2 young boys, about the same age as Lela and Rafa.

They were just going about their everyday lives and then THIS comes from NOWHERE!!! What the ***

And, to top it all off ...... Dr Teo's fee is a whopping $50,000!!!!

So, getting back to the start of my post ..... What price??? .........

What price would you pay to be here to see your children grow up?

What price would you pay to have THE top surgeon remove that monster from your brain?

What price would you pay to have the best possible start in the battle ahead??

What indeed? We are not often confronted with such questions! Most of us get to live our everyday lives, stressing over little things, concerned about what is next!

Well, my friend Kathy is facing her NEXT at 6:30 am tomorrow!!!! She is in the hands of an Angel :-)

We, her friends, are rallying to raise the funds for her Angel, so the she and her family can concentrate on her recovery! Not on how they will pay the bill!!

What price??? Please ask yourselves ...

Please share this on your wall, on your blog, at your work.

The Aussie spirit of mateship is amazing, and Kathy is our MATE!!!

If you are at all able to help this wonderful family - here are the details :


NAB BSB : 083310 

ACC : 147189282 

Account name FOR KATHY


14th November 2012

From Stephen - Kathy's husband:

"Just spoke to the doctor !!!!
Very happy with the operation , removed the tumor and everything else they could see . MRI in 6 weeks time and pathology results in 7 too 10 days . She should be a little more awake tomorrow !!!
Dr Teo you are an absoloute genius ................"

15th November 2012

Latest update from Stephen:

"Ok I am sure you have all been waiting for the next update ........ Kathy is being moved to her own room at 1130 , Dr Teo says that the tumor was BENIGN and that she could be coming home as early as tomorrow , depending how her recovery is , hopefully Saturday the latest . Couldn't have asked for a more positive result could we ???"

Can you believe it!!!! Benign!!!! That is just the MOST amazing news :-))) I am so relieved, as are the many 1000's of people who are following her story.


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