Twelve-year-old Teniyah Foley has a wonderful, creative imagination. She likes to sit in her room and imagine herself on different planets. Her intergalactic travels let her go anywhere she wants, giving her a chance to make art and write stories. But when she was 8 years old, she began to get sick with bad headaches and vomiting, and she was often exhausted.
Teniyah’s grandmother Sylvia brought her to the pediatrician again and again, where she was diagnosed with illnesses ranging from migraine headaches to the flu. After receiving yet another unsatisfactory diagnosis, Sylvia brought Teniyah to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. When she was given a computed tomography (CT) scan, it was clear—Teniyah had a brain tumor.
Her physician sent her to the Children’s Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Program. At Children’s, neurosurgeons diagnosed Teniyah with the most common kind of malignant brain tumor: medulloblastoma.
“Arriving at Children’s was a godsend…a loving atmosphere I’ll never forget,” said Sylvia. For six weeks, Teniyah received craniospinal radiation five days a week. After her radiation treatments, she underwent a successful surgery to respect—or cut out—the posterior fossa mass.