Below is Somer Hood's
Somer lived life to it's fullest and I know that she heard the words
'Well done my good and faithful servant' when she went home to be with the Lord.
can also go to a new website to honor
the incredible life and ministry of Somer Hood
When Somer first sent us
her story, all we could say was Wow!
Somer went home to be with the Lord September 17, 2003
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I cannot relate with
the temodar dosage. I was supposed to
take that and two other drugs for a year. However, I am a born-again Christian
and I prayed I would not have to suffer the affects of Chemotherapy. So, the
Lord provided another way out which did not include me going through chemo.
More about that later on.
* I am in remission of a glioblastoma multiforme. In May of 2000, they found one that was in the left frontal lobe. It was supposedly an oligodendroglioma. They removed it and no other treatments were done.
In December 2001, I was in Graceville FL going to college (I'm 22 and had transferred from North AL) and I had another grand mal seizure which helped us to find that I had a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme. Surgery was done to remove it but a small sliver was still left. So I went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where they did 33 radiation treatments to try and get the sliver. I was supposed to do a full year of Chemotherapy but my doctor said that since I was 21, I needed to be treated as an adult. So, a friend of his that worked with him at St. Jude suggested that I go to Duke.
There, at Duke, I had two more surgeries. One involved a rickham reservoir which they had to implant into my brain. It is supposed to be able to deliver a liquid radiation and kill all remaining cells. (my tumor was really, really agressive.) On three different occasions, we drove from North Alabama to Durham, North Carolina and all three times, the test failed. Therefore, I will probably always have this reservoir in my head but never be able to use it. They said that if I had this first (before radiation), I would be able to have it because the radiation somehow caused a small hole that would cause this liquid toxin to get into my bloodstream.
So, then I was part of another clinical trial called TP 38 also at Duke University Medical Center. They put two catheters between my brain tumor cavity and infused or pumped an immuno-toxin to try and kill the remaining malignant cells. I was put in ICU and they did this for 56 hours straight. Because of the pressure, I had two full blown seizures during the process. These are things you might (and others too) might want to consider doing. If you need any more info about the above-mentioned, please don't hesitate to write back.
Thanks for your time. Please pray for me as I will pray for you. Our fights for the Lord are never in vain, Donna!!! God has really sustained me because with a hat on, you cannot tell that anything is remotely wrong with me. He is such a good God and has given me opportunities to share his word in testimony and songs in many different places because of this cancer. I dont like that I had/have to go through it, but the Lord always blesses us if we are willing to please Him!
God bless you all!!!!!
* Somer later wrote to me to explain the usage of the word 'remission' Following is her quote: "Because with BT's they usually don't use the word "remission", I was told they (doctors at Duke) would say it was stable. BUT, for others' understanding, it was ok to say that my cancer is in remission!!!!"
March 24, 2003
Donna thank you so much for printing Somers story. She continues to be in remission and on May 10th 2003 she will celebrate three years. Praise the Lord! Somer has received several emails from your link and really enjoys sharing her faith. Somer also sings and has recorded an album!
Thanks Again, Gordon Hood (dad)
May 19, 2003
I'd been suffering from severe headaches and nausea for several weeks. I had all the symptoms of brain tumor re-growth. We fervently prayed for our check up to St. Jude. Sunday night, Mom and I went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. On Monday morning, I again awoke feeling nauseated and had another horrible headache. As soon as I got to the hospital, I asked my nurse if I could have a zofran to ease the nausea. I was scheduled for an MRI at 7:00 am that morning. To make a long story short, the MRI showed no tumor whatsoever but just a tad of necrosis (dead scar tissue). The doctors were 99.9% sure this was the reason for these headaches. It posed as new tumor. Praise our Lord it wasn't!! So, while talking to my neurologist, he said I was having "breakthrough seizures" from the way I described my headaches and nausea together. So, he gave me instructions on how to take more of neurontin. This is not a drug that is used to treat seizures alone. I also take keppra for seizures. Anyway, since Wednesday, I have been completely headache free!
09/17/03 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Somer Hood graduated from this life this morning about 9:30 am. Her faith has now become sight, and her walk with Jesus Christ is now hand in hand. Somer has beaten this brain cancer several times showing miracles from God, and is now victorious in the final battle! I had written several letters but did not get to send them because here condition deteriorated so rapidly. Somer has set a new standard for all of us who know and love to measure up to, Jesus himself shined through her smile and life.
Visitation will be Thursday Sept. 18, 2003 at Colbert Memorial Funeral Home on highway 43 So. in Tuscumbia, Al. 35674 256-383-2603 Service will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Colbert Heights, burial in Church cemetery (6000 Woodmont Dr. Tuscumbia. AL 35674 phone 256-383-8016)
A Memorial fund is being set up in SOMERS name at First Metro Bank 406W. Avalon Ave. Muscle Shoals, Al. 35661 Question contact Kim Jackson at 256-386-0600 or any local branch of First Metro Bank. These funds will be used to erect a monument at Somers burial site (visible from the parking lot of FBCCH ) as a witness to all generations young and otherwise of a reminder of how one Christian fully devoted to Jesus Christ can influence thousands to walk in faith and purity!
Because of her pure chase life and the new treatments (TP_38) at Duke Medical Center, Somer has become the first patient from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to be able to be a full tissue donor, donating her eyes heart valves, veins skin for various grafts, as many as seventy-five individuals will benefit from her awesome giving spirit.
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