Abbigail is like a lot of 10-year-olds, she has a deep love for arts and crafts and anything Barbie. But unlike her friends, Abbigail has been followed by CHEO for most of her life. At 20 months old she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and associated opsoclonus myoclonus ataxia syndrome (OMS), which affects only 1 in 10 million people a year worldwide. When Abbigail’s immune system tries to fight the neuroblastoma, it attacks her brain. Abbigail and her family now face the reality of battling a rare and aggressive neurological auto-immune disease which has no cure.
Abbigail will need treatment for her entire life. She visits CHEO every three months for checkups, to ensure she’s hitting her developmental milestones and has weekly infusions at home. Despite her tough lifelong battle, Abbigail remains a very active and vibrant girl who doesn’t let anything stop her.
Watch this touching story to learn how this high-spirited girl lives with her condition.