On December 7, 2021 Karolina found herself with what she thought was a terrible migraine. Come to find out, it was a nearly 7cm tumor pressing against her brain and skull.
On December 10, a gross total resection of this tumor was performed at Mass General Hospital.
Ten days later, pathology reported that it was a Grade 4 Anaplastic Astrocytoma, IDH mutant. â€¨â€¨
Since Karolina's diagnosis, she has completed 6 weeks of concurrent radiation and chemotherapy. She has also completed a full year of “maintenance chemo” and scans continue to look good.
Smiley Strong is joining the effort in raising money, awareness and support for the National Brain Tumor Society so that we can find a cure.
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.