Farmington teen's wish comes true, but a setback comes with it
It wasn't the news Dian Bloom wanted to hear. The scan she had hoped would tell her she was cancer free came back with what her doctors called "an area of concern."
But the spunky 18-year-old Farmington High School senior isn't letting the news get her down. Not right now, at least. This week, she's enjoying a week in Bora Bora with her grandmother and her closest friends. She'll think about her cancer next week, when she gets home.
Bloom was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer, or angiosarcoma, last May. In the time since then, she's gone through surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. In February, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota granted her wish for a trip to Bora Bora. She was going to leave after graduation in June.
When Bloom received her trip, she was just days away from a follow-up scan to determine whether her cancer was gone. Her scan was Feb. 19. Bloom and her family had hoped to hear she was cancer free by March 5.
Instead, the results of the scan showed there was an area of concern on her liver.
"The doctors don't really know if it could be cancer coming back, or just damage in that area from all of the monkeying around with chemotherapy and radiation," she said.
That's why her trip to Bora Bora was pushed up a couple of months. After hearing the outcome of the scan, Make-A-Wish Minnesota put Bloom's trip on a rush status, according to volunteer Lori Smith. With that, Bloom's spring break was extended by a week.
As part of the process, Make-A-Wish hosted a send-off party for Bloom and her family and friends on March 23. True to her trip to Bora Bora, the send-off had a beach party theme. Her group left March 30. They flew to Los Angeles, then on to Tahiti for Saturday night. Sunday, they traveled from Tahiti to Bora Bora.
Bloom is joined by her grandmother, Dori Bloom, her friends Alicia Wagenman and MacKenzie Adams, and MacKenzie's mother, Marcie Adams. They'll arrive back in Minnesota on April 8, just in time for Bloom's next scan, which is set for April 9.
While she's on her trip, Bloom is receiving chemotherapy treatments through a pill she's taking, "which is nice because my hair can grow back that way," she said.
Grandmother Dori Bloom said Dian is still in high spirits, even with the setback in her battle with cancer.
"We talked about it, and we decided we can't worry about it. If it's cancer, we'll just deal with it," Dori Bloom said. "We've got to take it one day at a time."
Still determined to enjoy herself, Bloom isn't worrying about what that next scan might find.
"The doctors said they don't know what could happen. They didn't say the cancer was coming back, they just said they don't know. That's all. Because they really don't know, I feel like there's nothing I can worry about until they do know. I mean, you can't get any worse than if they tell me I have cancer," she said.