TThe following was written by Ella’s father, Frank Giaime documenting her 20-month journey with SJIA.
Ella was born on a Tuesday in summer of 2011. It was like any warm, late summer day in San Diego, but when she entered the world, it was clear to me it was different. The first time I held her, I was studying her features and it was like looking in the mirror. She had long eyelashes, beautiful complexion, and dimples that would grab attention from admirers and grandparents. Her health was good and everything seemed normal.