On Jan 7, Robinette posted, in a candid, upbeat and hopeful for the future post, that she now has "tumors all over her brain."
Pearling said right before Christmas, Robinette began having headaches, which led to an MRI being scheduled for Jan. 6.
“She had just gotten back into PT [physical therapy] to regain her strength,” Pearling said.“So we thought her muscles are tight, her neck is tight, that’s what causing her to have headaches.”
Robinette also began experiencing double vision and numbness on the right side of her face. But because Robinette is so strong, Pearling said, no one realized the extend of her symptoms.
Pearling said people battling cancer are often described as “tough,” “strong” and “ferocious” in their fights.
“But Chiara really is all those things,” Pearling said. “She did not want to worry anybody. She wanted to believe she would be OK. When she was a kid and broke her wrist rollerblading, she was in pain for two weeks before she finally said, ‘I think there’s something wrong with my wrist. It’s hurt since roller-blading.’ She’s been such a tough cookie her whole life. That’s just who she is.”