Skylar Thomas looks like a typical 4-year-old, she loves stuffed animals, hopscotch and coloring. But her life was not always about games and sparkles.
Skylar was born with a tumor called a pyogenic granulomas.
“It is a fast growing benign tumor that just kept growing and growing,” explained Thomas’ mother, Ashley Thomas. “She had three surgeries to remove it.”
Skylar endured multiple surgeries, hospital overnights and countless follow-ups which would have slowed down a normal 4-year-old, but Skylar dreams big.
In fact, when Skylar grows up she wants to be an entomologist and take care of bugs. Most 4-year-olds cannot even pronounce entomologist. By the way, Skylar has never even stepped foot in a classroom.
“A lot of people who home-school do because their child is advanced and you can’t keep up with them,” said Ashley.
Skylar is not supposed to start kindergarten for another year, but in a few months she will begin a first grade curriculum.
“It is unfair to her because she wants to learn and she wants to do all this.”
Skylar is always on the move, from playing violin to competing in and winning pageants to vacationing with mom and dad.
Now, the only time the tumor disrupts her plans is every six months during her check-ups.
“It has made me value her more than I think I did before, how precious life is and how grateful I am.”
So now Skylar can concentrate on bugs, books and big crowns.