WAUSAU, Wis (WAOW) — In 2014, Zoe Dale experienced frequent headaches, nausea and blurry vision. Her mom knew something was wrong and called their nurse practitioner to set up a CT scan. Zoe had a brain tumor.
The 16-year-old had surgery to remove it that year. Since then, she gets annual scans to make sure it doesn’t grown back. But when Zoe went in for her scan earlier this year, doctors noticed a new growth.
“This time around there was just nothing that anyone could’ve told me to convince me that it was not going to be a clear scan,” said her mother, Jessica. But despite her initial shock, she quickly jumped into action and contacted St. Jude’s with the hope of her daughter getting rare proton radiotherapy.
Zoe was admitted to St. Jude’s in July and received six weeks of treatment. Zoe said she didn’t know what to expect going into St. Jude’s, but it’s an experience she’ll never forget.
Although it was a difficult time in their lives, the Dales wanted to make their time at St. Jude’s a “radiation vacation.” They explored the Memphis area, went to pop singer Jason Mraz’s concert and met actor Chadwick Boseman.
But the best thing for Zoe was having her family by her side. “A big part of me just being able to get through it so easily was having my family there with me and supporting me through everything.”