Roxanne Scala

In February 2021, my beautiful mom was diagnosed with Glioblastoma. Just 6 short months later, she sadly passed away.

My mom was the most amazing person in every aspect of her life; the best mom, the most loving wife, the most wonderful friend, and the greatest teacher. Prior to her diagnosis, my mom was an active person who never got sick or had any medical issues. She was an 8th-grade science teacher and was the greatest "nanny" to her 5 grandchildren. Her left hand started to have some mobility issues and she was losing function in her hand. After being sent to the ER to get checked out, we found out she had a tumor on her brain. She had a craniotomy and was released 3 days later. We got the biopsy back, and were told it was a glioblastoma, a very aggressive brain tumor. Shortly after, she started her treatment of radiation and chemotherapy. She didn't complain once. She handled the treatment like a champ and was doing well. After 6 weeks of treatment, my mom had her follow-up MRI, which showed the tumor had not grown. We thought that was great news! Two days later she became very lethargic and just wanted to sleep constantly. At first, we thought maybe all the treatment she just went through was catching up to her and her body needed the rest to recover. Two weeks later, my mom went to the hospital because we knew something wasn't right. She never made it back home. After a little over a month in the hospital, we had to transition her to hospice. She made it to her 70th birthday and passed away 3 days later.

My mom deserved so much more. She was so full of life and had a lot more in her. I feel we have been robbed of her time. I miss her so much. I constantly go to send her a text message or call her, and then realize I can't. I do know that our loss is heaven's gain and we have a beautiful guardian angel watching over us

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