Update on Natalia
When she was eight years old, Natalia was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma—a rare form of bone cancer. At 2017 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day, Natalia advocated on behalf of kids like her and the care she receives from St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa.
Below is an update from her mom in honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, June 7.
Natalia had another surgery last year to correct a leg discrepancy that resulted from chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Thankfully, Medicaid covers 100% of her care—including all medications!
Natalia has remained safe by staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. With her childhood cancer diagnosis, our family has experienced taking every precaution to protect Natalia—living in isolation, washing our hands, cleaning all surfaces, and wearing masks. So we were prepared for the change in lifestyle this spring. Natalia is still at high-risk, so she conducts most visits with her doctors through telemedicine. For appointments that require us to attend in-person, she wears a mask.
I’m confident St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital will take every precaution to prioritize our child’s safety. They took excellent care of Natalia when her neutrophils were at their lowest, as well as during her cancer treatments. That's why I believe St. Joseph's Children's Hospital will continue with this standard of care.
June 5 was Natalia's 15th birthday. Although she won't let cancer define her, she recognizes none of the side effects developed through her cancer treatment will ever go away. Natalia has more surgeries ahead for her, but she will continue to fight because of her faith, strength, and determination. We are blessed and give God the Glory because Natalia continues to have no evidence of the disease and has been cancer-free for nearly 6 years!
You're encouraged to read more about Natalia from when she participated at 2017 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day.