Gia Smith

 

Gia is now 2 ½ years old.  She is a vibrant, playful, outgoing, intelligent, very funny, mischievous and a true girly girl who idolizes Cinderella and adores having dress-up and tea parties.  She is my beautiful daughter and I’m a very proud momma.  On November 16, 2011, I was told by Gia’s pediatric surgeon that my daughter has a “growth”.  The room began to spin; I held, then just 17 month old Gia, tightly on my left hip and cried out to Jesus to help us.

Gia was diagnosed with Stage 3 Embryonic Botryoid Rhabdomyosarcoma.  It is a rare childhood cancer that affects the soft tissue of tumors.  It affects approximately 350 children per year in the United States.  We were told by a doctor at University Hospitals Rainbows and Babies in Cleveland that for Gia’s specific type that the number would be approximately 10 children per year in the United States.  Gia was diagnosed at stage 3 because the tumor was too large and too close to vital organs to remove.

By the grace of God and the amazing doctors we found out Gia’s tumor was gone!!!!  What a true miracle, I thank God every day!  Gia has had 11 surgeries to-date.  She will continue to be examined every 3 months between chest x-rays and CT scans.  When she has been in remission for 5 years Gia will be considered medically cured.

With HOPE,

Erica Smith, Super Gia’s momma

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