HELP GET MIA'S SMILE BACK
My name is Ivette Ruiz and i am the mom if a sassy bubbly girl who is a 3rd graded name Mia and I like to share her story.
Mia has gone threw a lot this last pass 3 years. She has experience lose in the worst imaginable ways. In 2016 she lost her baby-sister and a year later she lost her grandma. And today she is fight a fight that no child should have too.
During the summer after i notice that the sparkle in my daughters eyes wasn’t their, she became tired at of no where, she became more clumsy, she complain of head aches with shaky floors and lights that where not their, and the smile was not forming a U shape. So we went to the doctors and after a week stay at Duke we finally got a diagnosis Mia had a brain tumor on the right side if her head. After more test we finally got the final diagnosis it was a Grade 1 melengioma Begin tumor that is consider cancerous and has affect her nerves on the right side of her face. In July 30, 2018 Mia under went brain surgery but only 40% of the tumor was successfully removed. The tumor is close to her brain steam and at this point we don't know if it will ever be successfully and safely removed. But this hasn't stop my baby girl from being her self she was determine to be ready for school. On the first day of school with silent tears in my eyes I was able to walk her into school. A month after her surgery Mia's voice wasn't the same, it was slow and horse , eating certain foods where hard for her to swallow and her the right side of her face slowly started to lose strength. And once again my baby girls smile was once again losing her shape. Her right eye stop closing all the way when ever she closed her eye. And she developed cough spells that distributed her day. Back to the doctors it was and on October 11, 2018 she under went a mini surgery were she got her vocal cord was injected with tissues in efforts to fix her voice and end her cough spells. Also a tube was inserted in the right ear to help with her hearing. The surgery help her hearing but her cough spells didn't stop. Her voice is a little louder and is a bit easier for her to speak . But the right of her face continue to get weak and now her face appears to have shifted to the right. This has made my baby girl to become extremely self conscious and her self esteem and confidence to diminish and she has became a bit withdrawn from people. As a parent the worst thing to have to experience is to see you child hurt and you can't take the pain away, for the smile that we fall in love with everyday isn't on their face. As a mother we will got to the end of the world if possible for our kids . So the reason for my letter is to share with y'all my daughter struggle so y'all as parents can sit with you children and explain to them that Mia isn't' different just going threw hard time. On November 29 we got the news that Mia is a candidate for Cross Face Nerve Grafts for Facial Paralysis surgery. This will give Mia her smile back and more control of her eye, and hopefully end her cough spells. This will be in done in February 2019 and its a long process, her tumor is still their and has grown but not enough to where she need to have radiation yet. As for now we have to keep going every 3 months for an MRI to monitor it. I don't know what the future hold for my daughter , the silent fight that she is fighting is hard. I can't take her tumor away and I can't fight her fight but I can try to get my little girl's smile back. So as a plea of a parent to another I am asking for help in any way possible to help with our daughter medical expenses. All my daughter want for Holidays is to be able to smile, for kids to stop streaming and for her to be able to just be Mia. '
Thank you for all the love, prays , support , help and donations,
a loving mother
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