THE prospect of coming home has never looked so good for Portland’s Krystal Brogan and her family, who have spent the past six months of their lives holed up in the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital helping Krystal fight a very rare form of cancer.
Disseminated oligodendroglial-like leptomeningeal tumour of childhood is a hard enough term to get your tongue around, let alone your head, but that’s exactly what 14 year-old Krystal was forced to do after being diagnosed with the condition in November.
If you haven’t heard of this form of cancer before, you could hardly be blamed, as Krystal is one of only 50 people in the entire world to be diagnosed with it.
This means that Krystal has developed multiple tumours inside her brain and all the way down her spinal chord which also mean her cancer is inoperable.
Krystal’s mother Leeanne Brogan said initially the problems began with a pain in her hamstring that had apparently appeared out of nowhere.
“The doctors have traced the pain in her leg as the start of all this,” Ms Brogan said.
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