This is my friend Christine's official but unofficial diagnoses until we get the full detail on the 22nd. Oligoastrocytoma Oligodendroglioma astrocytoma.
oligoastrocytoma (AH-lih-goh-AS-troh-sy-TOH-muh) A brain tumor that forms from both oligodendrocytes and astrocytes, which are types of glial cells (cells that cover and protect nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and help them work the way they should). An oligoastrocytoma is a type of mixed glioma (glioma (glee-OH-muh) A cancer of the brain that begins in glial cells (cells that surround and support nerve cells).)
oligodendroglioma (AH-lih-goh-DEN-droh-glee-OH-muh) A rare, slow-growing tumor that begins in oligodendrocytes (cells that cover and protect nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord). Also called oligodendroglial tumor.
astrocytoma (AS-troh-sy-TOH-muh) A tumor that begins in the brain or spinal cord in small, star-shaped cells called astrocytes.
So this is what I get out of it...she has a fucked up mutated partially cancerous partially benign (noncancerous) tumor of the lower part of her brain originating from nerve cells in the brain stem/spinal cord. It is rare and slow growing and apparently look like a round blob. She says it is round with little root like things coming from it attaching itself to the surrounding brain tissue, but has no defined edge...there is no membrane holding it together...lets give an example no shell around the egg yolk.
So I created this fun little blog for her to tell her story on so all the nosey people can keep up to date, but she has yet to do anything to it. I even named her tumor for her..its name is Ethel. So this is the link SHE WILL BE USING ONE DAY OR I WILL BREAK HER FINGERS :-) (must imagine me saying this while my eye is twitching)This is the future link to her blog: