Amariah Munoz

First post: Jan 11, 2019 Latest post: May 2, 2020

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Amariah Daniela Munoz (a.k.a. "Nena") came into our lives Sept. 8, 2016. From the beginning she has won us over with her warm personality, brown curly hair, choreographed dance moves, pitch perfect singing (...ok, not quite), and passion for reading.

As December 2018 came around, we prepared for a change in our home as we anticipated the arrival of our son Ezra. Our baby boy was born Dec. 3rd. The coming weeks were sweet moments of adjusting to having two kids at home, Amariah loving on her baby brother, and readying for the holidays as a family of 4. However, in the coming weeks, we began to notice signs that all was not well with our little girl. After monitoring bruising for a week or so, she developed a fever, fatigue, and other symptoms. On Dec. 19th, we took Amariah to get checked out for what we thought might be the flu. Instead, we ended up at the hospital where it was revealed that she had a blood cancer. The next morning Amariah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

It isn't easy to brace for that kind of news or life change, yet we are thankful that she has already begun treatment (chemotherapy) and is being cared for by the amazing staff at Children's Hospital LA (CHLA). As believers in the gospel of Jesus, we know that God intends this not for evil, but for good. He has demonstrated His love most fully on the cross (Philippians 2:8). We further see His goodness through the support and care of so many family members, friends, and our beloved church. In spite of the difficulties and pain, we embrace the weakness in our hearts and in our little one's body as an amazing opportunity for God to demonstrate His power and grace.

Thank you for caring about our little one. We hope these updates are helpful to all you who wish to know how she progresses through this trial!