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Patient of the Month - September 2011

September 2011 Patient of the Month

4 years old



JaLise's story:

In May 2010, JaLise started to throw up after eating. Her doctor thought it might be due to acid reflux and prescribed medication. But within a month, JaLise had lost 10 pounds. When she fainted one afternoon, her mother knew instinctively that something more was wrong. She took JaLise to the emergency room, where tests revealed that the little girl suffered from a type of brain tumor called medulloblastoma.

JaLise underwent surgery to remove the tumor, but she would still need treatment. Her mother was familiar with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and asked for a referral.



At St. Jude:

At St. Jude, doctors discovered that JaLise’s cancer had spread to her spine. Her treatment included six weeks of radiation and four rounds of chemotherapy to eradicate the cancer. “From the moment we walked through the door, I was amazed,” said her mom. “JaLise’s doctors and nurses are so caring. There is never a day I come here and dread it.”

JaLise’s mom also appreciates that St. Jude never sends families a bill. “When you find out that treatment not covered by insurance is taken care of, it’s a weight off of you,” she said.  “You don’t have to worry about how you’ll pay this or pay that. It’s a blessing. You can focus on your child.”

JaLise recently finished treatment. She visits St. Jude for regular checkups and her latest sets of scans were clear. She’s a quiet little girl who loves princesses, music and dancing.


September 2011

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