Thank you for all the texts and messages throughout yesterday afternoon and well into the night. Thank you for respecting our privacy and understanding that we needed to take the time to digest it all so we couldn’t respond to them.
The oncologists reached a diagnosis. It is Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). It’s treatable. The protocol will involve chemotherapy. The course of treatment always depends on how the patient’s body responds, but they are hopeful since it has a good success rate for patients with AML.
Treatment will be intense and will last six months, again, providing she is doing well on it. It will begin today and she, and we, will be here initially for the next three months in the hospital. She won’t be allowed to go home or leave the hospital for this timeframe. At some point between the 3rd and 4th month, depending on how she’s doing, she may be able to leave the hospital, but we were told we still wouldn’t be able to return home during that time. Even though we only live about a 25 minute drive away, and the distance is actually shorter than the maximum allowed, the fact that a bridge is required to get here, disqualifies us from going home.
Visitors will be allowed as normalcy is highly encouraged. However, of paramount importance is that visitors are healthy and without a cold, sniffles, a cough or anything that could compromise her immune system. Hygiene and hand washing will be required each and every time we are in contact with her.
The most important thing we continue to ask for is prayer, in whatever form you choose. But for those who have reached out and asked how they can offer support in other ways, we hope you are ready because now is the time we will take you up on it. We’ll send out a separate post for those who want to help in that regard.
The road to recovery begins today.
And as you all have supported us from the beginning, family, friends and strangers alike, we ask that you never forget our Samar, continue to pray for her, pray for us.
It won’t be easy. This will be one of the hardest journeys we will face as a family. Even at the most difficult of moments, we are counting on your support to lift us up and remind us that our silly, sassy and sweet baby girl is loved.
We will need your prayers, positive thoughts and healing energy now more than ever for her body to respond well to treatment; for her tiny body to be strong to endure it all; for her spirit as well our family’s, to be brave and focus on the finish line.
Thank you for all that you’ve done to get us to this point. Your support is boundless and our gratitude is beyond immeasurable. Beyond. We look forward to the day that Samar will be allowed to be a normal and healthy toddler, and that we all can celebrate our collective victory over this disease.