All Star: Olivia
“Our life was very normal prior to Olivia’s diagnosis,” mentioned Saphia, Olivia’s mother. Olivia liked to participate in gymnastics, softball and really loved arts and crafts. When Olivia was first diagnosed, her mother described it as, “in a fog, and in go-mode.”
They were spending endless days and nights in the hospital, which made it become more real to them what was going on. Unfortunately, this experience also affected Olivia’s little sister, Alexa, as she felt she was being pushed aside. At this point they tried to make life as normal as they could for Alexa, so Saphia’s mom flew in from California to stay home with Alexa, while Saphia and her husband, Bob balanced doctor visits and clinic visits for Olivia.
Through this whole process, Saphia reminded us that Olivia’s diagnoses created a whole new perspective for their lives. “We now try to live one day at a time and enjoy every minute of it,” said Saphia. It also went to show that we weren’t making Alexa feel important, but the family quickly learned from their mistakes and did the best job they could.
Thankfully, Olivia is back to living a normal life, enjoying all the things she did pre-diagnosis. “Pinky Swear has provided some normalcy to our lives. They have allowed us the opportunity to do ‘fun’ things, even in the most stressful moments,” wrote Saphia speaking of the support they received from Pinky Swear Foundation.