Tiffany Seitz Opens up about Being Born with Cocaine Addiction and Diagnosis of Two Weeks to Live

The 25-year-old who is set to compete at the year's Miss America Pageantry reveals that she was diagnosed with only two weeks to live at birth but had her story changed thanks to foster care.

Miss Pennsylvania, Tiffany Seitz, has had a rather unusual childhood experience as compared to her other counterparts, she revealed this in an interview with PEOPLE.

Miss Pennsylvania 2019 Tiffany Seitz performs a Jazz Dance at the 2020 Miss America 2.0 Competition at Mohegan Sun | Photo: Getty Images

Miss Pennsylvania 2019 Tiffany Seitz performs a Jazz Dance at the 2020 Miss America 2.0 Competition at Mohegan Sun | Photo: Getty Images

Tiffany told the publication that she was born addicted to cocaine, and at the time of her birth, doctors stated that she had only two weeks to live.

However, the timely intervention of her soon to be foster parents saved her life. 

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Interview and Night 1 of Prelims — ✅ This afternoon I met the judges in my private interview and this evening I competed in evening gown and social impact statement. Thank you again to @heritagehillsgolfresort for hosting our private interviews and @thepullocenter for hosting our stage competition! I was honored to receive the Evening Wear and Social Impact Initiative Preliminary Award at tonight’s competition! 😊 What an honor! Thank you again so much to @sorellebridal for the amazing evening gown and to Wynne Jenkins at SeWynne for making the necessary adjustments! A congrats to my little sis, @misslaurelhighlandsot2019 for winning the Miracle Maker Award for raising the most money for @cmnhospitals! So proud of you! 💕 Also congratulations to my former teen, @missmorainestateot on winning the preliminary talent award in the teen division and my fellow Miss PA sister @missmorainestate for winning the preliminary talent award in the Miss division! 😊 Looking forward to the second round of prelims! 🙌🏾 #MakePASlayAgain #MissLaurelwood #MissAmerica #MissAmericaPA #MissPennsylvania #MissPA #MAO

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In her words to PEOPLE:

"Obviously, a child in that type of condition would be in the NICU getting treatment. But sadly, that wasn't the case for me. I was waiting in the streets, alone, while my mother was out prostituting trying to make money. It's a rotten shame, but that was the reality for me." 

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ONE MORE DAY until I move in for Miss Pennsylvania Week! 🤩 Before all the excitement begins, I wanted to update you on some exciting platform news! A few weeks ago, I had the best time working with the @fosterloveproject at their foster and adoptive families retreat! I was able to help out with childcare for one of the nights to give families a break. Working together to keep 225 kids under control may seem daunting, but fun nonetheless! I had an incredible time — thank you to the @fosterloveproject for allowing me to be a part of your weekend! I’m currently in the works of getting plugged in with Blessings Foster Care based out of Kittanning, PA and @adelphoi in Greensburg, PA. I’m so excited to get involved and give back to something that gave me the chance of a lifetime. If it weren’t for foster care and adoption working together, I may not have been headed to Miss PA this week! 😱 I’m so grateful for God’s hand in my life and for this chance to live life to the absolute fullest! 💙 #MakePASlayAgain #MissLaurelwood #MissAmerica #MissAmericaPA #MissPennsylvania #MissPA #MAO #FosterLoveProject #BlessingsFosterCare #Adelphoi #AdoptionIsAnOption

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Fortunately, her story changed as she was taken in by a Foster care agency and a Pennsylvania family who took a wild bet on her, and that's why she's opening up now to encourage more of the generous act that saved her life. 

According to TRIB LIVE, Tiffany, who is set to compete at the Miss America Pageant this year got the opportunity to do so after an unexpected win at the local Miss Pennsylvania competition. 

Initially, she wasn't part of the competitors for the state Pageantry but had her opportunity after a contestant had to forego the competition due to issues with school six weeks to its start.

Despite this and so many other faults, Seitz came first to take home the crown - an experience which THE INQUIRER religiously detailed

Amazingly, while Tiffany has attained a significant level of stardom and success following her win at the state level and now competing at the federal Pageantry, she still adores the family that saved her life. 

A previous Instagram post saw her share a photo that captured a framed photograph of her family when she was much younger. 

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May is National Foster Care Awareness Month! My social impact initiative of Adoption Advocacy is very personal to me and I’m excited to share my story at Miss Pennsylvania this year. If it were not for foster care and adoption, I would not be where I am today and I am so grateful to be able to help others through this initiative. My family looks, feels and functions much different than other families because of foster care, and that’s one of my favorite things about it! We are unique, special, and I’m so insanely proud to be a part of such a special family! 💗 #MakePASlayAgain #MissLaurelwood #MissAmerica #MissAmericaPA #MissPennsylvania #MissPA #MAO #AdoptionAdvocacy #RestoringHope #TransformingLives #Adoption #FosterCare #HFIPGH

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She shared the photo alongside a caption, which advocated for an increase in adoption and thanked her foster family for their positive influence in her life.

Another post featured a Mother's Day tribute to her foster mom, who she described as the "most amazing and incredible mother a girl could ask for!" 

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Happy Mother’s Day to the most amazing and incredible mother a girl could ask for! 😊 Thank you for being my biggest supporter, cheerleader and travel buddy. Thank you for the endless amount of sacrifices and for always putting the needs of others before yourself. You are so special and I hope to be half of the woman you are one day! 💗 I love you beyond words! 💐 And to our Director, Kathy, thank you SO much pouring your heart and soul into us and this experience. We are so privileged, thrilled and blessed to have you as our director! 💜 Don’t forget wish the lovely ladies in your life a #HappyMothersDay! 💝 #MakePASlayAgain #MissLaurelwood #MissAmerica #MissAmericaPA #MissPA #MissPennsylvania

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Even though she's an African-American, PEOPLE reports that both of Tiffany's Foster parents alongside some of her adopted siblings are white. Indeed, love knows no bounds.

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