Sanibel R.

Birth Date - April 21, 2001

Diagnosis - Thyroid Cancer
Sanibel's Story

Sanibel was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in 2015 during her freshman year of high school. She missed half her freshman year while receiving treatment. In September 2017 she was diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and fainting. 

This fall she has been really sick. She is now in a wheelchair full time and faints even in her chair. She also has seizures. She has been in the hospital six times since August. She can't make a full day of school, and is so sad and depressed. She's missed so much school she won't be able to graduate on time. She just wants to be a normal teenager and she's so ill she can't. 

 We have been to Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. The doctors are trying different treatments to help her, but so far nothing is working.

Sanibel started her own book organization, "Sani's Book Adventures" (on Facebook), to get books for other teenagers to make them happy when they're in the hospital. I am proud of her!

"Sanibel really loves her quilt SO much!! She says, Thank You so much!! She is so excited to cuddle up with it!"