By Christine Kim
LAS VEGAS (KSNV/CNN) - A Las Vegas woman with a growth abnormality has died.
The condition caused the 34-year-old to grow to 7' tall.
Karen Strutynski knew the time would come, but that didn't make it any easier to see her 34-year-old daughter Tanya Angus go.
"My oldest daughter is now gone. My baby is gone. And it hurts. It hurts so bad," said Strutynski.
But she made a promise that she would carry on Tanya's passion.
We first met Tanya in 2009 during a Making a Difference report where a jewelry store custom made rings for Tanya.
She wanted to raise awareness about her disease.
"A lot of people have said I look like a monster, but inside I want to live," Angus said at the time.
Acromegaly is caused by a pituitary tumor which causes an overproduction of growth hormones.
Sharing her story is a show of courage, going from a 5'8" model to 7' tall.
"One's a size 19, the other one is 20," said Angus.
Her rings show her body's transformation.
"Tanya says yes I know I don't look feminine, I don't look girly anymore but I want people to know that if you get diagnosed early you won't turn out like me," said Strutynski.
Her story has helped hundreds of families around the world.
"It is truly amazing the lives that are touched," said Strutynski.
Shown through cards and messages sent to her family, a show of appreciation hangs on the wall from captain in the military, who credits her life to Tanya.
"They found out she had a tumor acromegaly. They immediately did the surgery while it was early. And she had followed Tanya's story for two years, so she knew what it was," said Strutynski.
And although Tanya's time has been cut short, Strutynski believes her daughter's memory will continue through the lives she's saved.
"I am so proud of her she's done the very best she could," she said.