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Update: Portsmouth High School Grad Fighting Brain Cancer

Katy Lennahan (Sleeper), PHS (2000) and RWU (2004) graduate, is currently undergoing treatment for brain cancer. She has just started 6-7 weeks of radiation.

Katy Lennahan (Sleeper), PHS (2000) and RWU (2004) graduate, is currently . Here's an update on her progress:

Katy just began the next phase of her treatment — radiation. This weekend concluded a much-needed three week break, during which Katy rested, played with Cameron, celebrated her four-year wedding anniversary with Dustin, and got a small taste of "normal" life. She even got out to a drive-in movie. Katy made a lot of great progress during her break. She regained some balance and movement that's been lacking ever since her two surgeries, and some of her independence, too.  

Now she begins 6-7 weeks of daily radiation therapy. Radiation will cover her whole brain and spine, and then focus solely on the brain. While radiation brings with it the risk of some negative long-term effects, doctors emphasized how very important this treatment is to her recovery. They told her to expect fatigue to build during the first four weeks and then plateau. After this round of radiation, Katy (maybe after another short period of rest) will begin chemotherapy again. 

That's one daunting schedule. But Katy says simply: "It's just what I have to do."

We're using giveforward.com to raise funds and support for Katy and her family. After 7% of the amount raised covers website maintenance, all of the funds will go to help Katy with medical and living costs. Katy loves reading the words of encouragement posted on the page.

Katy's moving ahead, and we're behind her every step of the way. Thank you to everyone who has supported Katy through this ordeal!

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