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.