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Zaida

Zaida turned 3 on September 27th, 2007. On October 25th, she had her routine well check with her pediatrician. The doctor soon saw something was wrong, sent us straight to get an emergency ultrasound on her abdomen, then sent us straight to Denver with instructions to see the oncologist who was expecting us. It was completely overwhelming, scary, and emotional. We didnít know what was wrong with Zaida until she endured a week of tests in the hospital. We learned she had cancer on October 31st, but didnít know what kind for a couple more days. It was peritoneal carcinomatosis, resembling ovarian cancer and mesothelioma (neither of which should happen to a 3-year-old).

The oncologist worked amazingly hard, searching for solutions to this unheard-of cancer in a child. We got many second opinions, traveled to and consulted with many doctors, but it was her Denver oncologist who finally found the clinical trial at MD Anderson in Houston that has been the most productive in helping Zaida.

She had 3 years of various chemos and significant surgeries. After this, we had 22 months of remission! Treatment-free! Zaida relapsed in April 2012, and had surgery and radiation (first time for radiation) over the summer. She is currently scheduled to finish up 2 years of post-radiation chemo this fall, and her doctors are re-evaluating her to determine what's next.


Zaida has been a cancer patient for almost 7 years. She is now 9 1/2 and still an energetic and bright girl, even after all she has been through. She has a wonderful sister Runa (age 12) and they love to play together (and fight together).