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Hello friends and family-
Thanks for visiting Mia's website. But more importantly thanks for all the prayers and support coming Mia's way. Mia's leukemia diagnosis sent us in a torrent of emotion and chaos. But in the past few days, we have felt our friends and family rally around us in agreement for Mia's speedy recovery. Thanks so much. God's grace has been shown through you.


Mia has always been healthy and quite resilient. If you know her, you can attest to her character as being head-strong and decisive (ok, sometimes bossy). She loves ballet and all things Disney princess, just look in her room. She lacks no self-confidence and has no qualms performing random Christmas Carols, Disney songs and (don't tell Daddy) I'm a Barbie Girl, in a Barbie World.

We first noticed Mia was ill, Tuesday January 5th. She had a low grade fever and said her back hurt, but 20 minutes later she was running around with brother Sebastian. So no further concerns. When the fever didn't go away by Friday, mom and dad took her into the doctor. He checked her urine and found no problems there, told Em and Jaime to bring her in if she didn't improve. Sunday night we had family night, Mia was tired, had fever of 101 F, but looked ok and had no other symptoms. We were a little concerned, we prayed and Em vowed to take her back to the doctor the next day.
Then, Monday happened. Mia was very lethergic, fever remained the same, and her eyes were puffy. A quick blood result at the doctor showed white blood cells off the chart (a marker for leukemia) and extremely low hemaglobin (sign of anemia). Her liver and spleen were enlarged and distending her abdomen. They were pretty sure it was leukemia, but wouldn't know 100% until a bone marrow biopsy told us for sure. We tried to believe it was just a bad infection (maybe just a virus, they said) but when an ambulance showed up to rush Mia to Driscoll, Corpus Christi, it was omenous.
Sure enough, Monday night we were assured it was leukemia. Chemotherapy would start the next day. With that shock under our belts, we couldnt imagine anything being worse. But Tuesday escorted us into the ICU when Mia developed respiratory distress. 6 hours after her first chemo treatment, her breaths became fast and shallow, her blood pressure plummeted. She became combative and confused "You are not my friend!!! Only Sebastian, and Sinai!". The rapid break down  of the cancer cells sent toxins through the blood and caused Mia to go into septic shock, a dangerous downward spiral of low blood pressure, decreased oxygen to all organs, and a fast heart rate. Immediate intubation was done (breathing tube), Mia was sedated, and multiple drugs began infusing to help her body excrete the toxins. Her kidneys working overtime, her heart enlarging due to massive work of pumping the extra fluid, her parents by her side every minute watching over their precious baby while she struggles to fight cancer.

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Emily Salazar posted a new journal entry, "Another MRI Tomorrow".

Happy New Year!! We spent two weeks back home in Texas and then returned to freezing weather- our Texas blood still isn't used to this climate. I have a quick update and ... Read more

Dave Smith signed Mia's Guestbook.

Mia stays on our church prayer list (I see her name every Sunday in our bulletin) and in my heart.  We never stop praying for an amazing girl and her family. Read more

Coni Diedrich Aguirre signed Mia's Guestbook.

Praying for tomorrow's MRI, for the headaches and seizures to go away.  I can see lack of sleep as a trigger, how about excitement?  The brain is an AMAZING organ.  ... Read more

lucy milstead signed Mia's Guestbook.

She is one of our prayer request in our 21 days of fasting and prayer list for this year. We are being persistent and asking God for a breakthrough soon. We know he is ... Read more

lucy milstead signed Mia's Guestbook.

She is one of our prayer request in our 21 days of fasting and prayer list for this year. We are being persistent and asking God for a breakthrough soon. We know he is ... Read more

Melissa Lucio signed Mia's Guestbook.

Amen, amen, amen! Praying for you always Mia! Finally ran into your daddy yesterday, at work; had stopped in for a meeting. Had not seen any of you in years but try to ... Read more

Melissa Lucio signed Mia's Guestbook.

Was thinking about you Mia and hoping you are enjoying this snow! Happy New Year! Read more

Anna Gomez signed Mia's Guestbook.

Mia you are a strong girl!  I continue to pray that God wrap his warm and loving hands around you and that he take all your pain away!Make sure you get lots of hugs from ... Read more

Betsy Head signed Mia's Guestbook.

I am so sorry about Mia's headaches. I have been praying for the headaches but will pray for everything else you asked for in the journal.  Through all that she and her ... Read more

Melissa Lucio signed Mia's Guestbook.

Mia! I pray for you often. I pray for your family, too. You are a real inspiration. I know you probably get tired of hearing it but you hard such such strong faith that it ... Read more

Lisa Shuler signed Mia's Guestbook.

We are praying with you that the doctors and you will find the pathway to a pain free life!!! Love the Salazars! Read more

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