Irene was diagnosed with a meningioma at the age of 41.
Although this was the “good” brain tumor, Irene lost her life at age 62, after having several recurrences, two surgeries, (the second surgery in 1999 left her with a major stroke and severe trismus), whole brain radiation, proton therapy, and several types of chemotherapy.
Despite her many setbacks, she always maintained a very positive attitude. She worked hard in rehab and regained a lot of her strength and independence. She had been an avid gym member since 1972, and she thoroughly enjoyed getting back to the gym and working out daily. She constantly read about ways to improve her health. She wouldn’t allow herself to worry about what the future held, and enjoyed the life she had. She maintained this attitude until the very end of her life, telling the home hospice nurse that she was “getting stronger everyday” the day before she died.
What your Donation Supports
Irene’s last chance was a trial that was specific to treating the genetic mutation present in her tumor. Unfortunately, her aggressive tumor growth and quick decline prevented her from entering this trial. She was disappointed to know that this was no longer an option for her. Many of these trials are unable to start enrolling patients due to lack of funding. Irene’s honor fund will donate 100% of all donations to support Dr. Sanai’s trial, which is working towards treatments for recurrent and malignant meningiomas.