Madison local Stephanie Thigpen continues her battle with brain cancer. Recently, Thigpen and her husband, Bryant, traveled to Shands in Gainesville where they learned another tumor has formed and is nearly the same size as the tumor that was removed in August. As a result, Thigpen is on several different new treatments. Thigpen travels to the cancer center in Valdosta, Ga., for an IV therapy treatment known as Avastin. The objective of this medicine is to starve the tumor cells in hopes they will die and shrink. She recently began another treatment known as Novocure, which is a machine similar to an EEG that Thigpen must wear over her head for 18 hours a day, seven days a week. Novocure is designed to confuse and divide the cancer cells to keep them from connecting and growing. This is Thigpen’s third battle with a cancerous brain tumor. In Jan. 2011, she was first diagnosed with fourth stage (terminal) Glioblastoma Multiforme and was seven months pregnant. The doctors performed a C-Section and gave birth to two lb., 11 oz. baby boy, Tripp, immediately followed by brain surgery to remove an eight centimeter tumor. On Aug. 27, 2015, Thigpen found out the cancer had returned and surgery was scheduled for the next day to remove a five centimeter tumor. Due to complications from surgery and a treatment that was not successful, the family was informed on Nov. 21 another tumor has formed. During Thigpen's fight against cancer, members of the community have come together to show support through many different forms- whether through t-shirts or generous donations to the GoFundMe account. A local resident wanting to show her love for Thigpen, designed yard signs that say “Pray for Stephanie,” so Thigpen can see the entire community supports her and is praying for her. The proceeds from the signs will help cover medical bills and traveling expenses for treatment, as well as home nursing needs. “First and foremost, the main purpose [for the signs] is to show Stephanie how much this community loves her and supports her in this fight,” Bryant said. “We are so thankful for the prayers sent up for her and ask that prayers continue as we battle through this. Anyone who has battled cancer knows how tough it can be. We’re very thankful for the love and support of this community.” The yard signs are available for a donation of $15 and are available for pick-up at A Main Street Realty Co., located at 186 SW Range Ave., in Madison. The signs may also be purchased online at www.lifesonggospel.com, by clicking on the tab “Team Stephanie.” Delivery is available locally. Thigpen and her husband reside in Madison with their two children: Tripp (4), and Brynlee (19 months). For more information, please call (850) 464-0114 or stop by A Main Street Realty Co. Facebook users can keep up with Thigpen’s journey by visiting the Team Stephanie page.
“Pray for Stephanie” yard signs now available