Phoebe Fair's Story
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In 2009, after having 3 boys, Phoebe’s parents were so blessed to welcome into their family, Phoebe Lucille Fair. On January 1st, 2012 their lives were dramatically changed when she was diagnosed with a large, grade-4 brain tumor, the size of a baseball growing from her optical nerve and into her brain. On January 4, 2012 surgeons removed the tumor, which was later found to be malignant. It was a very rare and deadly cancer (AT/RT).
Phoebe soon began intensive chemotherapy at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, which required 18 months to complete. Although Phoebe never lost who she was cognitively, she suffered from endless health issues due to the location of the tumor and the treatment she received.
Phoebe never really left the hospital for the first five months of treatment, and spent much of that time in the ICU. During her second round of chemo, Phoebe contracted a septic infection and they almost lost her. But, after countless trips to the ER, surgeries and chemo, Phoebe finished her treatment and left with a clean bill of health in March of 2013.
Unfortunately, this “remission” would be short-lived. On July 26th 2013 an MRI revealed that Phoebe’s cancer had come back, spread to her spine and metastasized. She was given 2-8 weeks to live. Phoebe then received 10 palliative radiation treatments to relieve the pain and pressure of the main tumor. It seemed to help with the pain but on October 5th, 2013, Phoebe left this world and received her ultimate healing where she will never hurt again.
Phoebe’s parents cannot begin to describe her impact on everyone who knew her or read about her. Like so many children who suffer, she seemed to have this infectious grace and light that drew you to her. Her laugh, smile and unbeatable spirit went beyond anything her family can comprehend. To know her was to love her.
“God loves us. God loves us and God is not a meanie.
And I am not afraid, say it Mom, say “I am not afraid.”
-Phoebe Fair (talking to her mom on the way home from a radiation treatment one day)