Everyone gets headaches from time to time. Usually they are caused by common factors like stress or dehydration, and are easily treated, if still mildly annoying. But sometimes a headache can be a sign of something much more serious.
That’s something one young woman had to learn in the most devastating way possible.
When 20-year-old nursing student Stephanie Lipscomb sought help for her severe headaches, she received devastating news. Stephanie was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a brain tumor the size of a tennis ball. An aggressive course of chemotherapy and radiation treatments proved unsuccessful, and the only option left was a radical experiment that had never before been tried on a human being. Doctors decided to actually inject Stephanie with the polio virus, hoping it would jump-start the immune system into killing the cancer. Stephanie agreed to be the first person to undergo this experimental new treatment. The treatment was risky, but without it, she had only months to live. She had to try. It never ceases to amaze me just how miraculous the advances of modern medicine can be.
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