Ever since she was little, Tayde dreamed of being a mother. However, at the age of 7, her life took a drastic turn when she started feeling fatigue, leg pain and bruises all over her body. Blood tests in Mexico, her home country, revealed that Tayde suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer. Her family was devastated.
Through some friends, the family learned about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They traveled from Mexico to St. Jude, and Tayde underwent two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy. When she was 12 years old, two years after her treatment ended, the cancer returned. Once again, the family returned to St. Jude, and Tayde underwent two-and-a-half more years of chemotherapy, during which she responded well to the treatment and her cancer went into remission.
St. Jude survivor Tayde and her daughter, Tayde Sofia
Just when she was about to finish her second course of treatments, her family was devastated to find out that the cancer had resurfaced. For a third time, Tayde received treatment that included rigorous rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. She finished her treatment in 1995.
It was an incredible gift. She’s my miracle child.
In 2011, Tayde married her husband, Scott, and was excited to start building a family of her own. Unfortunately, after several years of trying to get pregnant, including appointments with fertility experts and intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF), Tayde could not conceive. “It was very difficult emotionally,” Tayde said. “Over and over I kept finding out that I wasn’t pregnant and it affected me a lot.”
At the beginning of 2016, as unlikely as it seemed, Tayde and Scott discovered that she was pregnant. Their daughter, Tayde Sofia, was born in October. “It was an incredible gift,” Tayde said. “She’s my miracle child.”
Tayde currently works on the Patient Engagement Team in the marketing department at ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude.
“My mission in life is to help the hospital that saved my life,” Tayde said.