Holiday of Miracles Patient Story: Bella

BELLA
Diagnosis: Brain Tumor
Age: 3
Parents: Angelica and Isaac (lives in Mexico City, Spanish speaking only)
Doctor: Dr. Crawford

– Bella is Bilingual.
– 2 brain surgeries only 3 weeks apart, immediately after being diagnosed.
– Discovered cancer because the right side of her body was weak.
– After a year of being in remission, her cancer came back and she started chemo again in August 2016.
– She loves to make faces and have dance parties. She is shy but comfortable when turns into a “comedian”.

Bella was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March 2014. Under Dr. Crawford’s care, Bella had to immediately have 2 brain surgeries only 3 weeks apart. When Bella’s mom, Angelica realized that the full right side of her body was very weak, it was determined that Bella needed to start chemotherapy. She began a regimen of 16 months of chemotherapy and finalized her last treatment in June 2015. She was then stable and in remission for one full year – her family finally started to breathe easy.

After a year of being in remission, Bella’s mom started noticing the right side of her body getting very weak again – she would fall down and favor her left side. This time, the weakness even started to affect her vision. Angelica took Bella back to Rady Children’s and they received the heartbreaking news that the tumor had returned. Bella immediately had to start chemotherapy again in August 2016. This time, Bella’s treatments have been not quite as intense, but she is still back at Rady Childrens’ every 2-4 weeks for chemotherapy.

Bella has a 9 year old sister named Lisset and 7 month old little brother named Sebastian. She is very shy but as she becomes more comfortable she turns into a “comedian”. She loves to make faces and have dance parties. Her favorite foods are pizza and mac & cheese and her favorite tv show is Peppa Pig.

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