A little about me. My name is Gillian Cate Navarroza. I celebrated my 2nd birthday on September 15th, 2011. It was a great party! All my family and friends were there. I got to dress up like Tinker Bell.
The first year and a half of my life was pretty rough though. At 6 months of age I was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. It's a cancer like condition that can be treated with chemotherapy. By August of 2011 I was LCH-free! I was partying like only a 2 year old knows how!
On Halloween 2011 I got to dress up like a pumpkin and go to my first pumpkin patch. It was great! It's was a good time in my short life. It was good to see my parents so happy and not stressing on my health condition so much. But then, on October 31, 2011, I had an unexpected seizure. The following week I began losing my speech and motor skills. My parents did not know what was happening to me. I had already been through so much.
On November 11, 2011 my parents rushed me to the hospital in Reno, NV. There was something seriously wrong with me. From the hospital, the doctors had me and my parents flown to Children's Hospital in Oakland. My condition was deteriorating rapidly. By the time we got to the hopsital, I could no longer stand on my own. I could run like the wind before. Now, it felt like I was a baby all over again. I couldn't even hold my head up straight. My last words were to my dad. I said, "Daddy, help". And that was it. I couldn't talk anymore. I wanted to talk....I wanted to do all the things I could do before.....but my body wasn't listening.
February 11, 2012, marks three months that I have been here at Oakland Children's Hospital. It's a great hospital. All the staff is great. After about 2 months of being here I was finally diagnosed. I have Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis. I'm the first case here at Children's Hospital Oakland. I guess that makes me kinda special. My mom had to stop working and has been here with me everyday. A few weeks ago my dad finally had to go back to work in Reno so he would not lose his job and so I wouldn't lose my insurance benefits either. He flies back to see me on Friday evenings. I know that has to be hard on him.
I'm so thankful to have such great parents. They have taken great care of me my whole life and they are not the kind who like to ask for help. But, they do need your help......and I need your help. So we are asking if you would sponsor me, Gillian Cate Navarroza. I don't have any way to pay you back. I can promise you this, though. After I pull out of this and when I get older, I will do something with my life that will allow me to help other people like me.
Thank you for taking the time to read.
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