Occasionally people rise about their life challenges to inspire others more fortunate than themselves. Meet Talia Castellano (photos below), the 12-year old cancer patient who shows us we can all rise above adversity to give us renewed hope in the human spirit. She is a child hero to others in her situation and an example for all of us to emulate.
Talia has a YouTube channel which has providing makeup tutorials for the past year. Her videos quickly gained a following to the point where she now has over 110,000 loyal subscribers and over 8 million views of her various videos. In them she shares her cosmetics tips, shopping buys, and interest including dancing. She discusses her illness as well at times. Her most recent video is heart-wrenching for her many fans because she announced that her cancer has spread to the bone marrow and she is leaning toward not pursuing the difficult treatment path that has a low chance of survival anyway.
You can see Talia’s latest YouTube video at the bottom of this article, and see all of them by going to her YouTube channel which is located right here. She explained the bad news of her latest diagnosis this way, and we have taken the liberty to correct some of her girly lingo in her post:
Okay so I have two cancers in my body at once. Well pre-leukemia which is a start of leukemia in my bone marrow. There are not really any treatments for it. It’s very rare to have neuroblastoma and leukemia at the same time. The doctors wanted to do a bone marrow transplant but they said it will be the hardest thing I have done… [but it is has] a very very low chances of me surviving. In the meantime while we wait to find the next step they are putting me on a low dose of oral chemo to make sure my cancer doesn’t grow. The docs gave me the option of doing treatment or don’t do the treatment and just live life for the time remaining.
Biography: Talia Castellano was born August 18th, 1999 so she will turn 13 years old later this month in 2012. She lives in Orlando, Florida with her supportive parents and one sibling, a sister who is older than she. Talia’s mom says that she will support her decision to probably not pursue the transplant because she knows what her own body can endure better than anyone else. Talia has already been battling cancer for six years after the initial diagnosis when she was only seven.
She enjoys dancing and art among other passions that are entirely normal for girls her age. Her parents have helped her live a normal life despite her condition which must be so incredibly challenging. She has the cutest little doggie named Bella. You can find her Twitter page right here where she has almost 5,000 followers. Although she does not tweet a lot there are tons of cool photos that allow her followers to get to know her.
There is a Facebook page set up by friends of Talia which you can find here. The mission is to “help Talia get strong, healthy and free of cancer. With lots love, prayers and support from all of you we can conquer this goal, so that Talia can live a long and normal happy life.”
God bless Talia Castellano. She has set an example for all of us how to approach adversity in life. She has already left a lasting legacy that is helping other kids and will leave an indelible legacy on the world. Now let’s pray for a miracle so that the goals of Talia’s Facebook page can finally be realized.