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Gloriuna – 7 Years Old

October 22, 2010

Oh my goodness! I’m sorry it’s 6:20PM and I still didn’t post our fabulous Inspiration story! (Was quite busy today). I’m excited to share Gloriuna’s story with you not only because she’s a beautiful girl, but because she’s a strong, spirited, force to be reckoned with! Read on to find out exactly why …

Gloriuna – 7 Years old

Like most children her age, Gloriuna loves to ride her bike and swim. She has her own garden at home, and she likes to play with her brother and cousins. But something sets Gloriuna apart from her friends: Gloriuna has fought cancer not once, but twice, in her young life.

When Gloriuna was 22 months old, doctors found she suffered from rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive soft tissue tumor. Her doctor referred her to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for treatment, where she underwent chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor and six weeks of radiation.

During this time, Gloriuna’s mother, Tish, kept a meticulous scrapbook that detailed all aspects of her daughter’s treatment–everything from hospital ID bracelets, to daily schedules, to notes written by the doctors and nurses. Tish decorated the scrapbook with photos of Gloriuna before, during and after treatment. It was thorough documentation of Gloriuna’s fight with cancer.

When Gloriuna’s treatment ended in September 2005, Tish gladly put away the scrapbook and the family focused on life after cancer treatment. Gloriuna visited St. Jude for regular checkups. Her hair grew back, she learned to swim and she started kindergarten. At first, Gloriuna came back for checkups every three months, then every six months. Gloriuna’s family looked forward to her graduating to yearly St. Jude visits.

Then, during a routine checkup in October 2008, doctors discovered a spot on Gloriuna’s right hip, which they monitored closely. In February 2009, a biopsy revealed devastating news: Gloriuna had developed a second cancer, osteosarcoma, the most common form of bone cancer in children.

A second scrapbook was started by Tish, this one focused on Gloriuna’s battle with osteosarcoma. The scrapbooks do more than just document everything Gloriuna has been through in her young life. The books also provide a way for her family to come to terms with Gloriuna’s cancer.

Tish has found that the second time around isn’t easier. Gloriuna is older now, and she asks a lot of questions. Sometimes the answers aren’t easy. But Tish is thankful that Gloriuna is again being treated at St. Jude. “Finding out Gloriuna relapsed and that it was a different type of cancer was hard,” she said. “But we know Gloriuna is getting great treatment. We know she’ll be okay.”

Gloriuna’s treatment for osteosarcoma included chemotherapy and surgery during which doctors removed a part of her pelvic bone. She worked with a physical therapist to rebuild strength in her leg.

Now finished with treatment for osteosarcoma, Gloriuna returns to the hospital for regular checkups. She loves to garden, and this summer she grew flowers as well as vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and squash. Gloriuna waters the plants and monitors their growth. And like the plants in her garden, Gloriuna continues to thrive.

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We’re nearing the end of October and I promised you ONLY stories with happy endings.  How was this one? She didn’t beat cancer ONCE – she kicked its butt twice! I only hope that Gloriuna never has to face cancer ever again.

Gloriuna my dear, if you’re out there and you can read this, I have to run 12 Miles on Sunday and they’re dedicated to you! Undoubtedly, you’ve got great strength and courage and I admire you.

As for the rest of you, dear readers, there’s only 9 more days to take advantage of the donation deal. Be sure to make your donation TODAY (or tomorrow, generally, within the next 9 days) to take advantage of this great opportunity to increase your chances of winning a Marathon or Bust Prize. Where else can you make a donation for a good cause and possibly win a prize?!? No where but Marathon or Bust – tell everyone you know!

See you tomorrow,

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2010 9:16 pm

    I love your blog, great concept. Kudos for doing something great, inspirational stuff.

    Keep up the good work!

    😉

    • October 22, 2010 10:08 pm

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