New YouTube video highlights efforts of LDS community to support 3-year-old battling cancer
“When we found out that her disease had returned, it was probably the closest to depression I have ever felt,” her mother said. “As you live in the oncology world, you quickly see other people’s journeys and you see, when a child relapses, death after death after death. So if initial diagnosis is bad, relapse is even worse.”
Although Abigail was enduring plenty of "yucky medicine" and painful treatments, she never fails to trust in her parents as well as the doctors.
"I can be giving her a shot and she'll be crying, but then 10 minutes later she'll love me again," Goss said.
Amidst their trials, the Gosses received immediate support from family, friends and members of their community.
Medical expenses were building up, and the Gosses decided they needed to do a fundraiser — they planned a race called “Run for Abigail and Friends.”
After they received the news of Abigail’s relapse, the Gosses threw the race into the hands of trusted friends. Although it was hectic, the race turned out fantastically, with almost 400 runners and walkers.
In addition to the support for the race, 11 boys from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — who belonged to Aaron's seminary class — decided to shave their heads along with Aaron and Hyrum, Abigail's brother, to support Abigail during her chemotherapy.
“I learned about a year and a half ago that it is almost impossible to be there too much for somebody,” the mother of four said. “People say they don’t want to call or text or bother someone, but even if you call or text somebody that’s having a difficult time, if they don’t get back to you that’s fine, but they still know that they’re being thought of and cared for. When people don’t call, even if they are thinking about you, you don’t know and you feel very alone.”
Being a very religious family, the Gosses have relied heavily on their faith in God to help them maintain a positive attitude about Abigail.
“Having gratitude for what you have right now is one of the biggest keys,” Annabeth said. “Sometimes I just have to stop and say, ‘I have her today. She is happy today. I am grateful for today.’”
Annabeth gives credit to God for getting her through this trial.
“You don’t know how in the world you can feel peace while it’s so horrible to watch your child suffer, and yet you do,” Annabeth said. “When you feel peace, it’s his peace, and that’s the truest peace.”
Inspirational 3-year-old battles for her life
Although playing with dolls is the ideal life for a toddler, Abigail Goss is not your typical 3-year-old girl, and her world is certainly far from normal. This YouTube video highlights the cancer-ridden life for little Abigail, as friends and family run a race to raise money, and local LDS youth shave their heads in support.
Megan Marsden is an intern with the Faith & Family section of the Deseret News. She is currently a junior at BYU-Idaho studying communication.
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