Photo: YouTube Star, Talia Joy Castellano, 12, Now Battling Two Forms of Cancer
Talia Joy Castellano may soon die. It may be hard news to swallow, but at just 12 years old, Castellano seems to be taking it better than anyone.
Castellano recently announced to her many YouTube channel viewers that she is now battling two cancers, not just the one she was diagnosed with on Valentine’s Day more than 5 years ago.
In 2007, Castellano was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma cancer, a tumor that develops from nerve tissue in infants and children.
As her battle against the cancer began, she lost her hair. Not caring for wigs, the bald yet beautiful child learned to make herself feel beautiful by learning professional make-up techniques.
She began doing YouTube make-up turtorials and over the years has garnered more than 100,000 viewers.
“When I put on my make-up I feel like I can embrace those features that I really like about myself. I feel if someone’s looking at me, they’re looking at my make-up, not looking at my bald head.” Adding, “I am just trying to make young girls, young adults, adults, anyone, feel beautiful by using makeup.”
Recently, Castellano was dealt a another blow in her fight against cancer. On Tuesday, she revealed in a video that she was now fighting both the neuroblastoma and pre-leukemia in her bone marrow.
She stated that both are very serious and very aggressive, adding that they both spread quickly and are “very very deadly.
“There’s nothing really out there that treats both types of cancers,” she said frankly. “Basically, there’s not really a lot of options for treatment anymore. The thing that they want to do right now is a bone marrow transplant, and that is going to be one of the toughest things I’m going to have to do – ever, because I’ve done stem cell, I’ve done surgery… I’ve had so many surgeries it’s crazy. So they said it’s going to be the toughest thing I’m going to do if I’m going to do it.”
She goes on to say she has been given all the information needed to make a decision, saying her doctors and parents have been very honest with her.
Should she not get the transplant, she is said to have anywhere from 4 months to a year to live. The transplant is not guaranteed to work, but it is pretty much guaranteed to not be a pleasant experience.
At the moment, the nearly 13-year-old has admitted she is leaning towards not doing it and living whatever time she has left to the fullest.
“I’m definitely scared,” she confesses, but she says she will continue to do videos for as long as she can (she does a make-up tutorial once a week, and sometimes personal vlog like the one below).
Watch all of her YouTube videos on her channel Make-upisMYwig.