Cameo Anna Beauchesne
November 9, 2000 - April 6, 2007
Cameo was born on November 9, 2000 to Serena and Robert Beauchesne. She had a sister named Trisha and a brother named Riley. She adored playing with Riley and teaching him new things. She also enjoyed going to school, where one of her favorite things to do was read. She also really enjoyed playing with her dog, Nubble. She really liked Chinese food, but especially egg rolls. She was known for being happy and funny. She was always smiling and polite. She was also known to be a perfectionist.
On February 3, 2007, Cameo was diagnosed with an aggressive and inoperable brain tumor. Her parents had initially thought the symptoms of the tumor had been an ear infection. She had been unbalanced and a bit clumsy. Eventually, the tumor made it difficult for Cameo to walk and talk. The tumor Cameo had, brainstem glioma, is one that is considered very rare, only affecting about one hundred children per year.
Cameo's parents were given the option to give Cameo steroids to reduce swelling, which would be more comfortable for her, or give her an intensive six week long treatment of radiation therapy that may not work at all, but may help her live for up to three more years. No actual cure for this tumor has ever been found. Without the radiation, it was unknown how much longer Cameo would live, but doctors guessed it would be weeks or months. Because radiation had no guarantee at all and it was known to be uncomfortable and not a cure, her parents chose steroids to make Cameo as comfortable as possible. Nine weeks after diagnosis, Cameo passed away.
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