Zamiyha beat cancer as a child. She recalls the worry on her mother’s face and going in and out of the hospital. Zamiyha was home-schooled to avoid germs that could threaten her compromised immune system. It was a tough time for a kid.
When Zamiyha was 19, a blood test showed an abnormality. Doctors watched it for a while. It turned out to be cancer again. She gave birth to a baby boy and started treatment soon after. The worst part of the cancer the second time was being away from her baby son. Zamiyha spent a month at CHOP and received a stem cell transplant. The Child Life staff helped prepare her son to visit Zamiyha in the hospital by explaining how she would appear different physically and what types of medical devices she would have attached to her body.
Zamiyha is an adult but still considers herself a CHOP kid. She is now cancer free and back with her son.