Brave Cobie rolls dice
GATTON girl Cobie Taylor has left on a whirlwind trip to Frankfurt, Germany to seek the treatment that could save her life.
The 20-year-old was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the age of 15, which led to several secondary tumours in her lungs and last year, in her brain.
"I found out last week that I now have four more tumours, each about the size of a pea in my brain," she said.
"I had full brain radiation last time but my doctor basically said I had a death sentence and offered me palliative care.
"My mum actually researched the German hospital and treatment when I was first diagnosed, and we looked at it again when we got this news, so maybe I was supposed to go there all along."
The treatment she will receive from the hospital in Germany is known as gamma knife radiation, a focal treatment that can be done after whole brain radiation and has around 90% chance of eliminating the new tumours.
She will also receive a local hyperthermia to the brain.
"The treatment I am going to get in Germany isn't offered anywhere else and my doctors here didn't believe in it, so we found other options ourselves," she said.
"I am feeling good at the moment, on a cancer fighting diet and I am very positive about it and I am just keen to get over there and get it started.
"It is a very expensive trip and we have so much help from friends and family and without them there is no way we could go.
"We have to pay $30,000 for the treatment up front but the overall cost will be about $40,000 for the initial treatment."
In an effort to assist Cobie and her family through this very difficult time, Gatton IGA is running a promotion where customers can donate $1 at any register when purchasing groceries or via a Facebook page called Treatment for Cobie.
For more information on the promotion phone Katie at Gatton IGA on 5468 4437.