Born: November, 2009
- Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
- Year of Diagnosis: 2009
- Diagnosis: Neuroblastoma Stage 2 Group B (Adrenal Tumor and cancerous lymph nodes in abdomen)
Some facts about my treatment:
Underwent surgery on December 30th 2009 at 6 weeks of age to remove Right adrenal gland that was engulfed by neuroblastoma tumor. Surgery also removed abdominal lymph nodes that were cancerous. Following surgery, I spent a week in Sick Kids hospital regaining my strength until I was able to nurse again. In the first year following my surgery I had very frequent visits to Sick Kids hospital, starting every 3 weeks then gradually increasing to every 2 months by the time I turned 1. Each time I went to Sick Kids I would have a CAT scan and ultrasound done, in addition to a special urine test to determine if the nueroblastoma cells were active again. I just turned 2 years old in 2011 and have completed 2 of my required 5 years of maintenance with excellent test results. In just 3 more years I can be declared cancer free!!
What I want people to know about me:
I am a happy, loving little girl who just loves to sing, dance and read books. Some of my other favourite things to do are ride my tricycle, play with my duplo building blocks and play peek-a-boo. I love playing with other children. Barney, Elmo and the Wiggles are my favourite shows.
I have been a part of the Tour for Kids and Coast to Coast Family since 2009 when my family created a team in my honour. Team Isa’BELLA VITA – Isabella in honour of me and BELLA VITA which translates as “Beautiful Life”. My mom always used to call me her “Little Froggy Girl” which is why we chose to put the frog on our team jersey. The Isa’BELLA VITA frog was as special gift for me from the artist who painted all the clinics at Sick Kids Hospital. When she heard about my journey she made a custom piece just for me – it is very special to me.
My favourite day was
Everyday that I get to do fun activities with my mom and family.
The worst thing about having cancer
Having to go to the hospital and getting bloodwork done – I have very difficult veins and it was always hard for the nurses to take my blood or give me IVs
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Since I am only 2 it’s a little hard to decide……but I sure do love to dance, act and sing!! But I also love playing with my doctor kit so maybe I will be a doctor.
My message to other kids undergoing treatment
Staying positive no matter what you are up against is so important and to always remember that you are so strong, so much stronger than you realize because you have already climbed mountains on your journey.
With faith and hope, all things are possible – and I have both for the future of childhood cancer.
If I had three wishes they would be…
To go to a Wiggles Concert and dance in the front row with the other kids, to Meet Barney and Elmo, to travel the world with my mom and Nonni.