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PSU Senior Battles Potentially Cancerous Brain Tumor

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“Basically they say ‘oh it's all in your head that you're doing it to yourself.' When in a way it is all in your head, (laughing) 'cause it's a brain tumor. That's been my motto lately 'it's all in my head.' But...what was the question again...,”says Pittsburg State University Senior Larissa Hardin.

Memory, that's one of Larissa's everyday struggles after being diagnosed with a pineal brain tumor a little over a year ago.

“I have a constant headache. It never goes away, but somedays it's just worse. The headaches are caused by hydrocephalus, which is a buildup of fluid on your brain."

And when she discovered her headaches, blurred vision and loss of energy were getting worse she visited countless local doctors. She began taking lots of prescription medications, but none provided a complete solution.

“We spent a year and a half I think it's been just going from one doctor, to another doctor, to another doctor. Snd she's had EEG, and EKG, and MRIS, and I don't know how many blood tests. And no answers,” says Larissa's mother Joan.

That's when she found Dr. Shahinian of the Skull Base Institute in Los Angeles on the internet who said he'd be willing to do the surgery to remove the tumor. But it comes at a price.

This is the massive stack of bills the Hardins have already racked up to pay for Larissa's doctor visits. They have just shy of three weeks to raise around $35,000 to secure her surgery date.

And that is only half of the money the family needs to cover the procedure.

“We found out a week ago we had to have this much money,” says Larissa's mother.

Her parents are both out of work and have medical bills of their own to pay. Her father a disabled veteran and mom battling fibromyalgia.

Besides money, what they really need is....

“Prayers, we believe very much in the power of prayer. And that's what we need from people, lots of prayers,” says Larissa's father Buril.

Larissa pushes through her illness with support from family and through art.

“I'm studying psychology right now and I'm minoring in art. And my goal is to become an art therapist and to work with children in hospitals and help them,” she says

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