2017 St. Jude Patient

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Tayde
37 years old
Tennessee
acute lymphoblastic leukemia

 

 

 

 

 

From the time she was a little girl, Tayde dreamed of the day she’d become a mother. But when she was just 7 years old, Tayde’s dreams of a future were put on hold. She began to have unexplained leg pain and fatigue. Soon, bruises developed all over her body. Blood tests in her native Mexico revealed that she suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer. Tayde’s family was devastated.

Through some family friends, her parents learned about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. They traveled from Mexico to St. Jude, where Tayde underwent two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy. But two years after Tayde finished treatment, when she was 12 years old, tests revealed the cancer was back. Once again, Tayde’s family turned to St. Jude, where she underwent another two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy. Tayde responded well to treatment and the cancer went into remission.

But just as Tayde’s second bout of cancer treatment was coming to an end, her family was devastated to learn the cancer had returned. For a third time, she underwent rigorous treatment at St. Jude, which included chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Tayde finished treatment in 1995.

In 2011, Tayde married her husband, Scott, and the two looked forward to beginning a family. But after several years of trying, including working with a fertility specialist and undergoing intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF), Tayde was unable to conceive a child. “It was so emotionally taxing,” she said. “Time and again, learning I wasn’t pregnant, really started to have a toll on me.”

Then, almost impossibly, after years of trying, Tayde and Scott learned in early 2016 that she was expecting. Their baby girl, Tayde Sofia, was born in October. “It’s such a gift,” she said. “This is truly a miracle baby.”

Today, Tayde works on the Patient Team in the Marketing department at ALSAC, the fundraising division of St. Jude. “My mission in life is to help the hospital that saved my life,” she said.