City Honors foreign language teacher Erica Jennings has been battling Glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer.
Jennings husband Thomas told Spectrum News his wife's symtoms began with a migraine. The high school sweethearts have been married for three years and welcomed their first born last year.
"Headaches are kind of a natural thing to happen with pregnancy so it was assumed these are probably post pregnancy related."
The migraines worsened overtime and Erica had to make an emergency trip to the hospital. A CT scan discovered a large mass, the size of a fist adding pressure to her brain.
"And they [doctors] told us there's a lot of swelling," Thomas said.
Erica Jennings, 30, was diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer, Glioblastoma. The diagnosis is rare for Erica's age group.
"The reality is these diseases generally affect the elderly," Thomas said.
According to the Brain Tumor Association, the average age of such a diagnosis is 64 years old.
After undergoing two surgeries, Erica is now going through chemotherapy and radiation at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. A go-fund-me page raised $36,000 for the family so far.
Thomas says the continued support from both the City Honors Community and his employer are appreciated.
"Don't underestimate the value of support. It's very easy when these types of things happen to just collapse," Thomas said.