5.12.16 :: Diagnosis

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.


22 thoughts on “5.12.16 :: Diagnosis

  1. Anna – My prayers are fierce for your sweet girl. Your family is continually in my thoughts. Thank you for the update. Love you!

  2. Praying that with this diagnosis and a treatment plan, she will get in the road to recovery and healing soon. Sending good thoughts and positive vibes…many blessings to you. Xoxo

  3. Thank you Rina.We as a family will be with you in this journey! Let’s keep our faith because with God all things are possible. We will storm heaven with our prayers for Samar and for your family! We love you.

  4. Prayers to the Mendoza family. Sending nothing but positive thoughts your way. I know this is a tough journey you’ll be facing, but know you have all the love and support with you from family and friends to keep you strong. Must believe in God and his plan.

    Please email me directly on how I can help and if there’s any link of some sort associated with it.

    Samar got this!


  5. I texted Lisa on Mother’s Day that I was and am holding your daughter in my prayers.
    Sending fierce love for the days and months ahead!

  6. Anna, remember to always have hope, faith, believe in Our Lord most specially Our Blessed Virgin … We are praying for Samar & your families . Stay strong
    Love. & Prayers
    Tita Liza Festejo

  7. We are praying for all of you and Samar non-stop. We are here for you all. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

  8. We are praying for Samar and the fam. Stay strong and keep the faith. We’re sending lots of love.

  9. Sending you lots of prayers, love, positive energy and infinite light. The power of faith is very strong. God tends to show us the most blessings when we are faced with adversity so always remain positive. He will take care and guide you through this. Sniffy kisses to Samar and big hugs to all of you.

  10. It is a very hard journey for all, I’m praying for the strength you all will need. With family and friends support you will have that extra strength you’ll need. I lived at the Ronald McDonald house for 6 months, my son had ALL at 16, went through a BMT and today he is a 35 a teacher, husband and a dad. So miracles do happen, just hold on to that HOPE and FAITH, God will carry you through. God always listens any time of day.
    Carla Talavera

  11. I pray that your baby girl gets through this and stays strong. Sending her lots of love and good vibrations to her and the family ♡♡

  12. As soon as I read TREATABLE I felt relieved and in gratitude to our amazing GOD.Our prayers continue and sending you our love and kisses.

  13. Hello. I saw a few of my friends on FB post a link to your daughter’s story. It absolutely broke my heart as I am a mother of two boys (an almost 9 yr old and a 3 yr old).
    Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Sending loving and healing energy to her. God bless

  14. Get well soon beautiful Princess Samar! You will not be alone in your journey towards a healthy you. I will pray daily for your speedy recovery and strength to tackle the days ahead! Be brave and strong, baby girl…bountiful love is pouring out for you…

  15. Hi Anna,
    I saw your post from a friend Norma on FB and my heart goes out to your beautiful girl Samar and your family. I felt so touched by what you’re all going through and want you to know we are all praying for Samar. My daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy 4 years ago, and I know that’s nothing compared to what Samar is going through, but as a parent I know exactly what you’re feeling. You’re not alone. I know I’m a complete stranger to you, but we have something in common – we’re mothers. I’ll continue to follow Samar and your family’s journey. I’m wishing and praying for your strength and courage. Samar will have God and her guardian angels by her side through this difficult time…and I hope you’ll find some comfort in that. God Bless Samar.

  16. You might not know me but my prayers are with you, your family and your baby girl. If anything is every needed please don’t hesitate to ask I have two little ones and It would mean a lot for us to help with anything that is needed

  17. I’ve been following your blog and and praying for your family. My son has ALL, on Facebook there is a closed private group called momcology they have helped alot if there is any question you might have they will definitely answer and help support you. My son is on his 2nd year of treatment. I know exactly what you are going through hugs to you and your family. I will continue to pray for you guys and if you need to just talk feel free to call me

  18. I don’t know you’re family personally, but we do have many mutual friends. I have three kids of my own as well – one daughter and two sons – although much older than yours (19-17-12)…but your story has touched me…and my heart goes out to you and your family. Alongside your family and friends, I will continue to pray and send positive thoughts & energy for Samar and your entire family. Stay strong, keep the Faith, remember that God is Good. There is a fulfilling purpose for all of this.

    Lord Heavenly Father, I lift up the Mendoza family to you, especially their silly, sassy and sweet baby girl Samar who is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Please annoint the drs the wisdom they need to provide the best care possible for her. Lord cover them with your grace and mercy. Please be with her family to give them the strength they need to help her fight this battle and I ask you to bring peace and comfort in their hearts. Amen.

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