Grace Blanchard was just three weeks away from graduating from college when she began feeling like something was off.
“It started with my handwriting,” Blanchard said. “I had always felt like I had good handwriting, so it was strange that it all of a sudden became messy, slanted and unreadable.”
Then there was the slurred speech and dizziness.
“At first I thought I had vertigo,” she said, “so I decided to see a neurologist to get an MRI.”
Once the results of the MRI scan were in, Blanchard received a call.
“They asked me to come into the clinic as quickly as possible, and that I should bring support,” she said. “They knew that after hearing, ‘you have a brain tumor the size of a golf ball on your cerebellum,’ I wouldn’t be able to listen to anything else.”
The following day, Blanchard flew from California, where she had been going to school, to Seattle, her hometown, for surgery to remove the tumor.
“I decided Seattle would be the best option, not only because I wanted to be with my family,” she said, “but also because of the fact that Seattle has the best hospitals for cancer treatment.”
Within 24 hours of flying into Seattle, Blanchard went to Seattle Children’s to get her tumor surgically removed.