East Coweta freshman supported by community in brain tumor recovery
By Nichole Golden
Madeline McTier is usually the one cheering on others, but now is on the receiving end of encouragement as the community supports her in recovery from a brain tumor.
A fifteen-year-old freshman at East Coweta High School, Madeline was diagnosed with a brain tumor on the base of her brain stem on March 19.
In the spring, Madeline would throw up in the mornings and feel fine by the end of the day. She even competed the Sunday before her diagnosis. A terrible headache sent her to the emergency room one March morning, and the brain tumor was found. The previous MRI for her neck sprain had missed detecting the tumor by a mere inch.
Madeline underwent surgery in Atlanta to remove the tumor and she is now having radiation therapy in Jacksonville, Fla., as well as a chemo treatment. After completion of radiation, she will take four to six weeks off and then begin months of chemotherapy.
“The doctors are pleased,” said Jennifer McTier. “She’s holding her own with the weight.”
Madeline had 15 inches of her lovely red hair cut prior to treatment, but it is now falling out. She tries to be positive saying that at least her hair will grow back unlike those with conditions such as alopecia. “She’s tryin’ really hard,” said Jennifer.
Madeline is also struggling with double vision, which will be correctable at a later date. “It’s just driving her crazy,” said Jennifer.
Madeline and Jennifer came home to visit the rest of the family in Coweta for Mother’s Day weekend. Madeline’s dad Michael is home with her brothers, Mitchell and Max. Mitchell is a senior at East Coweta, and Max attends the Bedford School.
The ACE Cheer company is selling t-shirts and bracelets to benefit the family, and more information can be found by visiting www.acetribe.com . Click on Georgia to view the Pray for Madeline pink t-shirts, which were worn at the Coweta Relay for Life, and the East Coweta Mini Relay for Life, events that support the American Cancer Society.
“The whole cheer community has rallied around Madeline,” said Jennifer. Although Madeline could not make cheer squad try-outs at EC, she was named on the list of those who made the squad. “They don’t know how much that means,” said Jennifer.
The Coweta community itself is also supporting Madeline in various ways. EC teachers Randy Robbins and Moises Perez have been keeping Madeline updated on her studies. Robbins has arranged a special video surprise for Madeline, and Perez calls her each day to conduct a Spanish lesson by phone. Students will wear the Madeline t-shirts at the upcoming E Night event.
The McTier family is also grateful for the support of Flood Brothers Moving and Storage, which is donating rental proceeds from pink storage crates to a cure program for the family. Also, the annual Ben Wilde Memorial Golf Tournament will benefit Madeline and another young person with a brain tumor. The tournament will be held this summer at Orchard Hills in Newnan, and details on registration will soon be available at www.benwildememorial.com .