Bailey Fernandez is a 2019 catcher 1B power hitter from Clermont Florida. She lives with her parents and has three older sisters. Bailey started playing travel ball at 8u out of West Orange girls club. She was juggling school and league ball all while playing travel ball. Bailey played center field and we noticed she had been complaining of headaches a lot. Coaches weren’t happy with the now 10 yr old always complaining of a headache while playing in a Florida tournament in the middle of the summer. She would get benched while struggling with headaches. Finally, her coaches said travel ball wasn’t the sport cut out for Bailey that we should just stick to the local league play.
We decided to get Baileys headaches checked out. I thought it was headaches from the sun being she was playing travel softball in sunny Florida, it gets hot on the fields. No, doctors at local hospital said she was struggling with severe allergies. A few weeks went by. While trying to find another team Bailey took a turn for the worse. Christmas morning 2011 we woke Bailey to see what Santa had left for her. She really wanted a electric guitar. Bailey had no interest in that guitar under the tree, she couldn’t even walk. We had to help her walk she was vomiting every where and couldn’t hold her head up without pain and vomiting. We took her into Dr Yarckin 8am Monday morning. Doctor Yarckin looked into Baileys eyes and said take her to Arnold Palmer now that he would call in a room for her. He instructed us to stay calm that she needed a MRI to get her whatever she wanted to eat “if she could eat” she was still vomiting on the way to Aronld Palmer about 30 min away. After MRI a team of doctors came into our room with news of a cist and tumor on Baileys brain. It was heartbreaking we were prepared for the worst and we’re told she needed brain surgery with in the next 24 hours. With hundreds of people checking on Bailey it was very overwhelming I was scared for my baby girl. She went into a six hour surgery the next morning. It was stage 2 brain cancer and they got it all off her brain stem! Dr. Olaviaria said the surgery only took four hours instead of six, that she was a blessing.
The good Lord has a plan for her that she would be apart of the study for the next 7 years to make sure the cancer doesn’t grow back!! She struggled during recovery allowed to go home on New Years Day but still could not play softball. Bailey was sad wanted to know why good did this to her. After 3 months of going to Arnold Palmer every week she now only had to come in every month for next 6 months and then once a year until 2018-2019. Bailey was excited her team of doctors released her to play ball again as long as she wore a face mask while on field. She was happy Diamond Fastpitch 10u Ron Negrete took her on his team as center fielder knowing she was still weak and needed to get strong again.
Bailey has always been ashamed of her brain cancer and never wanted to talk about it as she felt it would stop a college coach from recruiting her! I want her fear of her story to be joyful and we are not afraid of what people think now and want to share her story!
Today she’s stronger than ever training hard with Sergio Rodriguez and Garrett Nuss at V2pro Fitness in Astatula Florida. She’s leading in all her district and HS team stats. She’s hit 11 career home runs, she’s a beast with a pop time of 1.7, arm speed of 71 and bat speed of 81! She’ll be 17 on April 17th she plays travel ball for Texas Glory 18u and has made the varsity team at South Lake HS her freshman, sophomore and junior year. We give all the Glory to god he definitely has a plan for her! #TrustGod #GloryGirl
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