We moved to Colorado in June of 2007. In the following months Gaia’s health deteriorated rapidly until we ended up in Children’s Hospital in September where she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Being new to Colorado, Gaia really didn’t have a chance to make friends at school as she only attended for a week and a half. It was a rough time battling the disease, the side effects of the chemo that landed her back in the hospital two more times, being home schooled and then having to get to know all the new faces, while losing her hair twice, wearing wigs and trying to have the strength to go from class to class. We lost both of her grandparents during that first year of treatments. Gaia managed to keep up with her classmates graduating on time in 2010. She went on to attend the Community College of Aurora and presently has a full time position at Wholefoods Market. Gaia wants to become an elementary school teacher, and plans to use her experience with cancer to encourage others to be strong and persevere against the odds. Gaia still has check ups at Children’s Hospital on a regular basis but each month puts her further away from her diagnosis date of September 20, 2007.