By Franco Sforza, one of Angelina’s uncles.
Today, August 18t, 2012 marks the one year anniversary of Angelina’s diagnosis of stage three, high risk neuroblastoma. We were all in shock, not knowing what lied ahead for little Angelina.
Some of us cried. Some just didn’t speak. All the while Angelina was playing with toys, not realizing the severity of the deadly softball-size tumor that had attached to her liver. Doctors told us what was needed in order to hopefully shrink and remove it: six rounds of chemo plus one very intense round, multiple surgeries, radiation, and, to tope it off, another six rounds of immunotherapy. Watching her endure all this pain was painful in itself but necessary.
Then we got to enjoy tons of fun-filled and emotional fundraisers, visits to the hospital, watching her be her amazing, adorable self: singing, loving and kissing.
This brings us to today. Angelina has one final round of immunotherapy in the hospital and one at home. If all scans are clear, she finally can have her central line removed from her chest.
With God’s grace and all the love, support, and positive energy she has been surrounded by, we believe that is what has been curing her. For those of you that have never met her, all we can say is this special, special child has something about her that’s made us look at life in a whole different way. She makes you appreciate the little things in life. She’s full of so much love!
And those of you who have met her know what we’re talking about.