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Sophia is a sweet 5-year-old girl who is eager to learn since she just started kindergarten. She loves horses and other animals and has the cutest chipmunk voice ever. Her favorite characters are My Little Pony and Barbie.
When Sophia was only 3, she had lots of bruises that never cleared up. Her mother Guadalupe noticed she was low on energy and slept a lot, so she requested a blood test from her pediatrician. Guadalupe says it was the best thing she could've done because Sophia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and immediately needed about three blood transfusions and platelets. “It was the worst day of my life and I never wish to relive it or think about it, but I'm glad that I had the test done because it saved my baby’s life. I still have her here with me today,” said Guadalupe.
Sophia started chemotherapy immediately and had her port placed. She’s had lots of lumbar punctures and chemo treatments, as well as one port replacement due to infection.
Guadalupe hopes and prays that once Sophia’s treatment is done that she no longer has leukemia and the cancer doesn't come back. She wants Sophia to be cancer-free forever!
Sophia is the bravest little girl ever. She takes her medicine without giving anyone a hard time and she sits at the hospital patiently. It's like she knows that this is what will make her better so she likes doing her treatment.
Guadalupe wants others who may have recently received a cancer diagnosis to know that it takes a lot of patience. Nobody knows what it feels like and they try to help, but it’s you that is there for your child the most. You have to encourage them, so you need to stay strong for them. They see you strong and that gives them hope and strength as well.
“I wish to be better and not have to take medicine anymore.” – Sophia
Information provided by Guadalupe Garcia, Sophia’s mother
Updated February 2017
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