According to a story from liverpoolecho.co.uk, Isabel Morison is a 39-year-old music teacher with a nine year old son Dylan and a six year old daughter, Lucy. Last March, she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and highly aggressive brain cancer. Knowing that her time is limited, Isabel has been doing her best to make memories with her kids and ensure that they are on the right path to a bright and successful future.
Glioblastoma is a rare brain cancer. It is also the most aggressive cancer to originate in the brain. It is characterized by its rapid progression and poor response to most treatments. In most cases, the cause of glioblastoma is not known. A small number of cases evolve from another type of tumor called an astrocytoma. Risk factors for glioblastoma include genetic disorders such as Turcot syndrome and neurofibromatosis, exposure to pesticides, smoking, a career in petroleum refining or rubber manufacture. Symptoms of glioblastoma include personality changes, headaches, memory loss, seizures, vomiting, and nausea; patients may lose consciousness in late stages. Treatment approaches include anticonvulsants, steroids, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. While a small number of patients can survive for several years, treatment is often ineffective, with the tumor relapsing quickly. Five year survival rate is only three percent. To learn more about glioblastoma, click here.
Making Memories to Last a Lifetime
One of the most exciting things that Isabel has done so far is record a CD with her class of music students. The recordings were done at the famous Abbey Road recording studio. While it is unclear how long Isabel will continue to live, the family are well aware that her time could be cut short at any moment. Isabel, her husband Stuart, and the kids have taken many exciting day trips, recording their excursions in photos and scrapbooks along the way.
They have been hitting a lot of the big tourist attractions in London, such as the museums and musical performances. Isabel is also part of clinical trial involving a head covering that sends electrical fields in an attempt to disrupt the growth of the glioblastoma tumor.
Isabel has been fundraising to fund new treatments. If she passes away, she plans for the money to go towards supporting her family. To support Isabel and her family, click here.