After completing her fifth surgery to help repair a facial cleft she's had since birth, 11-year-old Mia Robertson couldn't be happier, mainly because she can finally eat chicken nuggets!
"We're driving straight [to Chick-Fil-A] from the doctor's office," the daughter of Duck Dynasty's Jase and Missy Robertson tells Closer. Mia hasn't been able to chew since her Jan. 3 surgery.
That was the scariest part for her, she says, "knowing I couldn't eat chicken strips for 3 months!"
So how did the chicken enthusiast cope with having another major operation before she's even hit middle school? With a little help from family!
"I honestly was never scared about having surgery. It wasn't the first time, you know?" shares Mia, who had her first operation at 3 months old. "Besides, I had my mom and dad with me, and I knew God would be with me the whole time."
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In order to calm her nerves before the big day, Missy hosted a soup-tasting sleepover with some of Mia's closest friends!
"She cooked a lot of different soups that I could pick from," says Mia. "My favorite was her homemade spaghetti sauce soup! I take it to school every day for lunch."
Though its been tough, her parents are extremely grateful for the life lessons they've learned through years of hospital visits.
"The whole process of her life has made us realize how important our relationships are and that we are all in this together," says patriarch Jase. "We've learned to not take life for granted, hers or ours."
And Mia has great advice for other kids her age who have the same or similar condition. "I would tell them not to worry, it's not that bad," she tells Closer. "And don't go crazy and start chewing or you'll have to do it all over again!"
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